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Parsifal

Leeds Town HallLeeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, LS1 3AD, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Wednesday 05 May 202116:30
Sunday 09 May 202116:30
Wednesday 09 June 202116:30
Saturday 12 June 202116:30
Programme
Wagner, Richard (1813-1883)Parsifal (Concert staging)
Performers
Opera North
Richard FarnesConductor
PJ HarrisDirector
Toby SpenceTenorParsifal
Robert HaywardBass-baritoneAmfortas
Eric GreeneBaritoneKlingsor
Katarina KarnéusMezzo-sopranoKundry
Brindley SherrattBassGurnemanz
Akhila KrishnanVideo Artist
Chorus of Opera North
Orchestra of Opera North

Parsifal is a story of suffering, compassion, and, ultimately, redemption, centred on the community of knights who guard the Holy Grail. Wagner said it was his ‘farewell to the world’, and so it proved. It was his final opera.


Amfortas, lord of the Grail knights, suffers physically from a wound inflicted upon him by the sorcerer Klingsor, and spiritually from the burden of sin: he allowed himself to be seduced in Klingsor’s magical realm by a beautiful woman. With no cure to be found for his suffering, the community of the Grail is threatened with disintegration. The only 

hope lies in a prophecy: that one day all may be redeemed by an innocent fool made wise by compassion. 


Widely regarded as the most mysterious of Wagner’s music dramas, debates about Parsifal’s ultimate meaning continue to rage. What is beyond argument is the overwhelming power and beauty of Wagner’s music, which reaches new heights of expressive intensity in this work.


Opera North’s first Parsifal is conducted by the Company’s former Music Director Richard Farnes, whose performances of the Opera North Ring cycle in 2016 met with universal acclaim.


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