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Lincoln Center: Metropolitan Opera HouseNew York City, New York, 10023, United States
2018 February 05 18:00, February 10 19:00, February 13 18:00, February 17 11:30, February 20 18:00, February 23 18:00, February 27 18:00
Metropolitan Opera
Yannick Nézet-SéguinConductor2018 Feb 05, 10, 13, 17 mat, 20, 27
John KeenanConductor2018 Feb 23
François GirardDirector
Michael LevineSet Designer
Thibault VancraenenbroeckCostume Designer
Evelyn HerlitziusSopranoKundry
Klaus Florian VogtTenorParsifal
Peter MatteiBaritoneAmfortas
Evgeny NikitinBass-baritoneKlingsor
René PapeBassGurnemanz
The Metropolitan Opera Chorus
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Wagner’s final opera is a musical journey unlike any other. The composer preferred to call his mature works “music dramas” to distinguish them from “conventional” opera, but he set Parsifal even further apart by naming it a Bühnenweihfestspiel, a “festival play for the consecration of a stage”—the stage in question being that of the Bayreuth Festival House. The opera tells the tale of a young man who is destined to renew a brotherhood of knights charged with guarding the relics of Christ’s last days. The psychological, mythical, and mystical possibilities of such a story are obvious, and Wagner’s accomplishment results in an air of reverence that surrounds this piece.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra National de Lyon, and the Canadian Opera Company.

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