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A Wonderful Parsifal

By eschapker
Written March 03, 2013
Although one could quarrel with some of the artistic choices -- people sloshing around in pools of blood, for example -- overall this was a wonderful experience. The singing was magnificent. A great day at the opera.
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Amazing performance

By AntonyFrancis
Written March 03, 2013
Quite the most beautiful Parsifal I have ever seen ... this broadcast could only have been better if I had been at the met ... the singers are outstanding and Maestro Galli one of the best Parsifal conductors of today.
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Great Performance of a Mixed Bag

By roberteolsen
Written March 03, 2013
Let's face it. By the time he composed and wrote the lyrics for "Parsifal," Richard Wagner was full of himself and way over-the-top in his love for pagan mysticism, ambiguity, and the horn section of major orchestras. The music he composed for his final opera is outstanding. The singers in this Met production were great. The direction, by the man who gave us the fine film "32 Short Films Abour Glenn Gould," was excellent, if a bit too much like Harry Potter Meets Darth Vader at times. The orchestra was the best. The videography of this HD perfiormance was very, very good -- amazing close ups. The sound reproduction, while not quite high fidelity, was pretty good; at least the volume level was appropriate for a change. But the story, if that's what we call it here, is the pits. What are we to make of Wagner's melange of Catholicism, sexism (women replace Jews as foils), relic veneration, and downright stupidity in plot creation? Go for the music. Ignore the rest.
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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 R. Wagner at the Metropolitan Opera

By a2020orthophoria
Written March 03, 2013
Usual superior performance as expected from the Metropolitan Opera. Live/HD is a very good way to experience this.
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