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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, 10627, Germany
April 14, 19, 21 at 16:00
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Donald RunniclesConductor
Philipp StölzlDirector
Conrad Moritz ReinhardtSet Designer
Kathi MaurerCostume Designer
Mathias HausmannBaritoneAmfortasApr 19, 21
Markus MarquardtBass-baritoneAmfortasApr 14
Derek WeltonBassKlingsor
Elena PankratovaSopranoKundryApr 19, 21
Heike WesselsMezzo-sopranoKundryApr 14
Brandon JovanovichTenorParsifal
Günther GroissböckBassGurnemanz
Andrew DickinsonTenorFirst knight of the Grail
Andrew HarrisBassTiturel
Annika SchlichtMezzo-sopranoA voice from on high, Second squire
Alexandra HuttonSopranoFirst squire
Paul KaufmannTenorThird squire
James KryshakTenorFourth squire
Byung Gil KimBassSecond knight of the Grail
Ballet of Deutsche Oper Berlin
Berlin Deutsche Opera Children's Chorus
Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Deutsche 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.

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