Parsifal in Berlin




Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)

Opera and poem by Richard Wagner; First performed on 26th July, 1882 in Bayreuth; Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 21. October, 2012

In German language with surtitles


Sat  5. April 2014 17:00h
Fri 18. April 2014 17:00h
Mon 21. April 2014 16:00h  last performance this season

5 hrs 30 mins / 2 intervals

Photographs Parsifal © 2012, Matthias Baus
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Conductor Axel Kober
Stage Production Philipp Stölzl
Co-Regie Mara Kurotschka
Stage-Design Conrad Moritz Reinhardt
Philipp Stölzl
Costume-Design Kathi Maurer
Chorus Master William Spaulding
Light-Design Ulrich Niepel
Children’s Chorus Christian Lindhorst
Amfortas Bo Skovhus
Titurel Albert Pesendorfer
Gurnemanz Hans-Peter König
Parsifal Stefan Vinke
Klingsor Bastiaan Everink
Kundry Evelyn Herlitzius
First Knight of the Grail Burkhard Ulrich
Second Knight of the Grail Andrew Harris
First Squire Siobhan Stagg
Second Squire Christina Sidak
Third Squire Paul Kaufmann
Fourth Squire Alvaro Zambrano
Klingsor´s Flower Maiden Siobhan Stagg
Martina Welschenbach
Katarina Bradic
Elena Tsallagova
Christina Sidak
Dana Beth Miller
A Voice Dana Beth Miller
Chorus Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Kinderchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Orchestra Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Dance Opernballett der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Richard Wagner’s PARSIFAL tells the story of a “pure-hearted fool”, who is unaware of his vocation and true nature. Parsifal is caught between two opposing worlds – the ascetic society of the Knights of the Holy Grail and Klingsor’s erotically charged magic garden. There, Parsival attains enlightenment from the kiss of a woman and is able to gain redemption for Amfortas, the suffering Grail king, and the Knights of the Grail. Borrowing freely from a diverse range of sagas, Christian and Buddhist motifs and Schopenhauer’s ideas, Richard Wagner created his own mythical tale. Wagner, too, was plagued for decades by a fear of disaster and a constant thirst for redemption. With his PARSIFAL he addressed head-on the question of redemption, both private and social, and conjured his own utopia in the chaste, male world of the Knights of the Grail.

The premiere of Richard Wagner’s PARSIFAL, his Bühnenweihfestspiel or ‘festival drama for the consecration of the stage’, represented the climax of festivities to mark the 100th anniversary of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. General Music Director Donald Runnicles teams up with film and opera director Philipp Stölzl, who has twice come up with spectacular and suggestive images for the works of Richard Wagner – in 2009 with THE FLYING DUTCHMAN at the Theater Basel and in 2010 with RIENZI at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Kindly supported by Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin, by Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin and Mercedes Benz

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