April 19, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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Wagner's Opera Parsifal, Metropolitan Opera, 1993
Parsifal (WWV 111) is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner. It is loosely based on Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach, a 13th century epic poem of the Arthurian knight Parzival (Percival) and his quest for the Holy Grail, and on Perceval, the Story of the Grail, by Chrétien de Troyes'.
"This version of Parsifal remains true to Wagner's staging. Wagner combines several different characters from the Wolfram von Eschenbach epic into the Kundry and Gurnemanz roles, thereby simplifying the production while complexifying the chararacterizations. He masterfully integrates philosophical elements from Schopenhauer, Buddhism, and esoteric Christianity into this, his parable of initiation, illumination, and redemption."
"Waltraud Meier brings such emotion and beauty to the production that seeing her performance alone would make viewing this worthwhile. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the Grail."