Wagner - Parsifal (DVD)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OA1158D
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 3rd November 2014
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Wagner’s last opera, Parsifal, is a work of intense humanity. It narrates the story of a troubled community ultimately healed through one man’s realization of the power of compassion.
Created in honour of the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth, Stephen Langridge’s new production, with designs by Alison Chitty, distils with ‘intellectual fibre and visual eloquence’ (Financial Times) the timeless and universal nature of the Parsifal story.
The cast includes great Wagnerian tenor Simon O’Neill in the title role. René Pape as Gurnemanz is ‘immaculate’ (Guardian), Gerald Finley as Amfortas is ‘compelling’ (Telegraph) and Angela Denoke as Kundry is ‘dramatically electrifying’ (Telegraph).
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano give a ravishing rendition of Wagner’s sublime score.
Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.
- Parsifal: Simon O'Neill
- Kundry / Voice from Above: Angela Denoke
- Gurnemanz: René Pape
- Amfortas: Gerald Finley
- Klingsor: Willard W White
- Titurel: Robert Lloyd
Director: Stephen Langridge
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2014.
Extra features: Introduction to Parsifal, Antonio Pappano and Simon O'Neill in rehearsal and a cast gallery.
"Antonio Pappano's approach is both diaphanous and radiant" - The Guardian
"…this production is the stuff of wonder, prepared with immaculate and loving care by Mr Pappano to the point where every detail is in place, secure, unsweated, and his focus can take in the longer view of Wagner’s sweeping architectural span." - New York Times
Running time: 281 minutes
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
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