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    Richard Wagner 

    "Bühnenweihfestspiel" ("festival play for the consecration of the stage"), Wagner’s last opera is a powerful epopee, and a final masterpiece.

    Brandon Jovanovich
    Brandon Jovanovich c Kristen Hoebermann
    Franz Welser-Möst
    Franz Welser-Möst © Julia Wesely

    Brandon Jovanovich | Parsifal
    Anja Kampe | Kundry
    Günther Groissböck | Gurnemanz
    Derek Welton | Klingsor
    Sir Simon Keenlyside | Amfortas
    Bálint Szabó | Titurel
    Kevin Conners | First Grail Knight
    Christian Valle | Second Grail Knight
    Corinna Scheurle | Voice from Above / A Flowermaiden
    Elsa Benoit | First Esquire / A Flowermaiden
    Yajie Zhang | Second Esquire / A Flowermaiden
    Caspar Singh | Third Esquire
    Dean Power | Fouth Esquire
    Mirjam Mesak | A Flowermaiden
    Daria Proszek | A Flowermaiden
    Juliana Zara | A Flowermaiden

    Franz Welser-Möst | direction
    Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper

    Sung in German with French and English subtitles

    Wagner himself called his last opera a Bühnenweihfestspiel ("festival play for the consecration of the stage"), so much so that the work resembles a coming-of-age story, in this case that of Parsifal, Lohengrin's father. A sort of Christic figure, he appears as the one who redeems humanity from its faults. The libretto, written by Wagner himself, is full of references to medieval legends and allusions to the philosophies of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. The orchestral writing is articulated throughout between chromatic tensions and leitmotif, each of the motifs being associated with a character or theme, one of the musical compositional signatures of the Bayreuth master. The testamentary work, created in 1882 a year before his death, is considered one of the most difficult in the repertoire. Part Christian drama and part coming-of-age story, this tale of redemption through love demands "extraordinary" qualities from its vocal interpreters. The line-up, led by a "formidable Wagnerian couple", the Parsifal by heldentenor Brandon Jovanovich and Anja Kampe's Kundry, supported by the musical prowess of the Bavarian State Orchestra, lives up to the challenge.

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