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Mixed Met-aphor

By paul.m.wortman
Written March 03, 2013
The Met's Parsifal tries unsuccessfully to take the myth into a modern or post-modern world. Unfortunately, to do that you have to also change the very clear Christian wording in the libretto. Moreover, the new sets are just plain awful--dark, depressing--the VERY antithesis of the uplifting, spiritual message that the myth portrays. How about a soaring cathedral-like (or mosque-like or synagogue-like) structure with luminous windows in Act I rather than a drab, dark field with men in white shirts. How about white robes? The blood bath sert in Hell in Act II is equally unimpressive and sounds the wrong note. How about a modern corporate office with its temptations? The dissonance these false sets with archaic language create makes for an uncomfortable viewing experiencing despite the vocal quality of the cast. I left after the second act!!
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Parsifal

By rjhselvin
Written March 03, 2013
The production was very interesting and the musice--soloists, orchestra, and chorua--were magnificent.
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Parsifal

By ikanshopper
Written March 03, 2013
Long opera, but not your typical German opera. The singing is phenomenal and was the orchestra. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Parsifal

By perthwatch
Written March 03, 2013
A deep, thrilling, moving, out of body experience for opera and classical music lovers and spiritual seekers.
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Long and a little slow

By barbhelm
Written March 03, 2013
Acts 1 and 3 are so slow; Act 2 is wonderful.
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