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Esoteric Movie Night

  • Apr 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."

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  • Gina

    A very beautiful and esoterically significant movie! We will show Acts 2 and 3 in a few weeks. Here is a link to a book that Master Samael wrote about this opera and its esoteric meaning.

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    going to another meetup on relationships. don't know when I'll catch ya. I'm sure i'm missing lots of good stuff. lee

    April 18, 2013

  • Gina

    A friend shared this wonderful information with me to pass on to all of you. If you are new to Wagner and Parsifal check out the link below - it should help a great deal in deepening our understanding and appreciation of this wonderful opera. Her comment:

    "Also, it is worth studying the leitmotifs which are short recurring musical themes that are intended to infer connection between seemingly unrelated scenes and characters, as well as to create emotional intention. For instance, there are prevalent themes within Parsifal that Wagner titled “Faith” or “Suffering”. Just recognizing the motifs when they occur throughout the opera adds incredible depth of understanding. Brief inspection of the themes will bring about the realization that the entire work is a fabric of motifs that are weaved into a completely intentional musical tapestry: There is no filler, every note has a purpose. Here you will find one of the many guides to Wagnerian themes:

    1 · April 15, 2013

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