Written August 20, 2014
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!!
Written October 27, 2014
Can't get any better than this. Brilliant world class singers, superb direction and production, one of Wagners greatest operas.
Written October 21, 2014
Magnificent singing, orchestral playing, and conducting. And of course the music is sublime. But the staging, much of it, is absurd. Wagner audibly groaning in his grave. When directors (François Girard, in this instance) radically "interpret" a work to make an individual, narcissistic statement, blithely disregarding and contradicting some of the basic features envisioned by its creator, things can go amiss, as they do here in the third act. Schade.... But of course seeing it live in HD is better than actually being at the Met itself.
Written September 22, 2014
Long opera, but not your typical German opera. The singing is phenomenal and was the orchestra. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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.