Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Parsifal (opera)

Not wanting to put anyone off before I even start talking about the next Royal Opera House production to be be screened at Cineworld, but this one might be more suitable for dedicated opera buffs, rather than those who are casually interested.
It's Wagner.
It's his final great masterpiece.
And it's five and a quarter hours long!

An inventive new staging of Parsifal is being directed by Stephen Langridge and the performance will be conducted by Antonio Pappano. I am told that the cast will include Simon O’Neill as Parsifal, RenĂ© Pape as Gurnemanz, Gerald Finley as Amfortas, Willard W White as Klingsor and Angela Denoke as Kundry. The creative team, led by Langridge, are the same as for the ROH production of The Minotaur. The singing will be in German with English surtitles.

A young man ignorant of everything, including his own name, arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he the ‘pure fool, enlightened by compassion’, who, it has been prophesied, will purify the kingdom?

Wagner loosely based his opera on Wolfram von Eschenbach’s medieval romance, Parzifal. The score contrasts the sacred with the sensual and includes sections of almost unearthly beauty such as the Act I Prologue, the Good Friday music in Act III, and the closing scene of the opera in which Parsifal reveals the Grail to the knights.

Cineworld, Wed 18 Dec 2013, 16:45.
Tickets £17.90, £14.20 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person from the foyer.