Written March 21, 2013
Fantastic singers, chorus and orchestra,very imaginative production with original staging, lighting effects. One negative aspect: The introduction and the interviews during the intermissions suffered from an extremely low sound level, which did not improve at all even though several of those attending the performance - including me - went to the customer service desk at the theater (Regal Cinema at The Falls) and were assured the problem would not continue. The opportunity to hear the comments and observations by the various people involved in the production: singers, orchestra conductor, stage manager, production manager, etc., is one of the valuable features of these cinema presentations, which are not available to those who attend the live performances. It takes away from the enjoyment of the opera to its fullest, and it certainly detracts from the experience. Guillermo Rocha
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Written March 21, 2013
Superb delayed video cast transmission from the MET in New York City. Incomparable masterpiece (Wagner's final opera, 'Parsifal'), with a matchless cast of singers. Magnificent staging with relevance to our times.
Written March 24, 2013
AMC Chesterfield, MO is lauded for hosting the Met Live/Encore series. Parsifal was sung and played extremely well, but the sets were so barren that, except for most of Act II, sitting through 6 hours was the most tedious experience of my life. The story is so ambiguous that I don't know which messages to attribute to the composer, the producer, the director or the actors. The 5 main characters are clear-cut, but what did Wagner mean to convey? In this version, "Kundry" did a spectacular job of leaving her motives unclear, but if this was meant to explain Wagner's personal sexual indiscretions, it appeared to suggest that women's attractiveness was so great that he had not been responsible for his behavior (not the Christian message I know) and the "temptress" (intentionally?) had to die in Act III to make room for the Holy Grail (what nonsense!). Probably scholars have published far better interpretations of this work. The score would be wonderful background music in my home.
Written March 22, 2013
Wagner's score and the singing of Jonas Kaufmann, Rene Pape and Katarina Dalayman were magnificent. Daniele Gatti's interpretation of the score was wonderful. The "production" was abysmal. "Production Designer" Francois Girard wanted it to be relevant today, but I found the lack of color and overly austere set dressing to be contrary to Wagner's vision for the work.. In the second act, the singers were standing ankle deep in "blood" which was the only color in the whole act!
On the whole, I enjoyed it in spite of the darkness, austerity and ugliness of the set design. Wagner's transcendent music was not ruined by the visual, and was performed excellently by cast and orchestra.
If you are a Wagner fan, by all means see it. If you aren't, don't waste 6 hours of your life!!