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Warlikowski's new Parsifal at the Bastille Opera

Waltraud Meier stars as Kundry in a new and provocative production of Parsifal at the Bastille Opera in Paris . Jorg von Uthmann has a review for Bloomberg News of the production which is directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski . Uthmann comments that Warlikowski does his best to play down the religious side of the opera. The slow tempi that has been a trademark for this "holy" opera, is rejected by conductor Hartmut Haenchen . I guess his fast reading (3 hours and 55 minutes, according to Uthmann) is part of the de-sanctifying project of this production. Much of Act I is performed as an oratorio with the singers sitting in front of a screen on which, from time to time, primitive drawings appear. If you know the story, you recognize the Cross, the lance and the chalice. If not, you are as lost as a blameless fool. Before the prelude of the third act, there were angry protests among the audience when the final scene of Roberto Rossellini's 1948 movie Germany Year Zero ,

Bayreuth Festival schedule 2008

For the latest updates, see Wagneropera.net Performances 25. Juli Parsifal I 26. Juli Tristan I 27. Juli Meistersinger I 28. Juli Rheingold I 29. Juli Walküre I 31. Juli Siegfried I 02. August Götterdämmerung I 03. August Parsifal II 04. August Meistersinger II 05. August Tristan II 06. August Parsifal III 07. August Meistersinger III 08. August Rheingold II 09. August Walküre II 10. August Parsifal * 11. August Siegfried II 13. August Götterdämmerung II 14. August Tristan III 15. August Meistersinger IV 16. August Parsifal V 17. August Siegfried * 18. August Tristan IV 19. August Meistersinger V 20. August Rheingold III 21. August Walküre III 23. August Siegfried III 25. August Götterdämmerung III 26. August Tristan V 27. August Meistersinger VI 28. August Parsifal VI Search for Bayreuth Festival recordings The artists Parsifal Dirigent Daniele Gatti Inszen