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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
February 25 14:00, March 03 17:00, March 07 18:00, March 11 17:30
Zurich Opera
Simone YoungConductor
Claus GuthDirector
Christian SchmidtSet Designer
Stefan VinkeTenorParsifal
Nina StemmeSopranoKundry
Lauri VasarBaritoneAmfortas
Wenwei ZhangBassKlingsor
Christof FischesserBassGurnemanz
Pavel DanilukBassTiturel
Adriana GonzalezSopranoFirst Flower Maiden
Hamida KristoffersenSopranoFirst Flower Maiden
Gemma Ní BhriainMezzo-sopranoFirst Flower Maiden, Second squire
Florie ValiquetteSopranoFirst Flower Maiden, First squire
Soyoung LeeSopranoFirst Flower Maiden
Irène FriedliSopranoFirst Flower Maiden
Omer KobiljakBaritoneFirst knight of the Grail
Jamez McCorkleTenorFourth squire
Spencer LangTenorThird squire
Alexander KiechleBassSecond knight of the Grail
Philharmonia Zürich
Zusatzchor der Oper Zürich
Zurich Opera Chorus

This revival of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal boasts an excellent cast: the title role will be sung by Brandon Jovanovich, who has already established himself as a Wagner specialist with his performances as Lohengrin and Walther von der Vogelweide in Meistersinger, and is now giving his role début as Parsifal. Furthermore, audiences can experience Nina Stemme, one of today’s most important Wagner singers, as Kundry, and look forward to the bass voice of Christof Fischesser in the role of Gurnemanz. Wagner’s valedictory work will be conducted by Simone Young, who will again be at the rostrum of the Philharmonia Zurich following her successful début at Zurich Opera House with Lohengrin during the 2014/15 season. According to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Claus Guth’s production is “one of the most moving things said about Parsifal in recent years.” In their 2011 production, Guth and his set and costume designer Christian Schmidt interpret the piece outside the context of the time in which it was written. The Knights of the Grail’s search for a redeemer is correlated with the disorientation and quest for meaning in the years following the First World War, and ultimately reflects upon the events that led to the coup d’état in Germany in 1933. 

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