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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, showing the sui…

Bayreuth Festival schedule 2008

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Performances25. 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

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Parsifal

Dirigent Daniele Gatti

Inszenierung Stefan Herheim
Bühnenbild Heike Scheele
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