Wednesday, 16 February 2011


I love Wagner and I am going to London today to see Nikolaus Lehnhoff's Parsifal which is regarded as one of the greatest operatic stagings of our time...

The production is returning to London for the last time after wonderful performances in San Francisco, Chicago, Baden-Baden and Barcelona.
This 'austere' production of Wagner's last opera Parsifal returns to the London Coliseum after over a decade. Wagner finished this wonderful opera two years before his death, and is a "sacred festival drama" about a "pure fool" who saves the day. Parsifal doesn't understand the greed, pride, envy and stubbornness that tarnishes even the sacred guardians of the Holy Grail and is immune to female charms and regains the Sacred Spear from evil, only because he doesn't realise the importance that is attached to it.

Mark Wigglesworth conducts a wonderful cast with Stuart Skelton as Parsifal, Sir John Tomlinson as Gurnemanz, Iain Paterson as Amfortas,  Tom Fox as Klingsor, Jane Dutton as Kundry and Andrew Greenan as Titurel.

I am sure that it will be a wonderful evening all 5 hours and 15 minutes of it!

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