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Video streamed event and on demand: Parsifal

Watch online on bergenphilive.noBergen Philharmonic OrchestraRecorded at Grieg Hall (Grieghallen), Bergen, Norway
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Saturday 21 January 202316:00
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Wagner, Richard (1813-1883)Parsifal (Concert staging)
Edward GardnerConductor
Nicolai RiiseDirector
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Bergen Philharmonic Chorus
Stuart SkeltonTenorParsifal
Brindley SherrattBassGurnemanz
Ricarda MerbethSopranoKundry
Johan ReuterBass-baritoneAmfortas
Ólafur SigurdarsonBaritoneKlingsor
Wilhelm SchwinghammerBassTiturel
Monika JägerováContraltoA voice from on high, Second squire
Eirik GrøtvedtTenorFirst knight of the Grail
Changdai ParkBassSecond knight of the Grail
Ingeborg GilleboMezzo-sopranoFirst squire, Second Flowermaiden / Second Group
John OlsenTenorThird squire
Erlend TvinnereimTenorFourth squire
Agnieszka AdamczakSopranoFirst Flowermaiden / First Group
Lydia Hoen TjoreSopranoSecond Flowermaiden / First Group
Olivera TicevicSopranoThird Flowermaiden / First Group
Emily PogorelcSopranoFirst Flowermaiden / Second Group
Margrethe FredheimSopranoThird Flowermaiden / Second Group
Edvard Grieg Choir
Collegium Musicum Choir
Edvard Grieg Boys Chorus
Edvard Grieg Girls Chorus

A young man ignorant of everything, including his own name, arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he the ‘pure fool, enlightened by compassion’, who, it has been prophesied, will purify the realm?

Richard Wagner’s final music drama is unlike anything that went before or has come since. It can feel more like a ritual ceremony than an opera – grand yet intimate, somehow occupying its own space and time. At the heart of Parsifal is a curious, magical treatment of the symphony orchestra that appears to give the voices above it all the space and autonomy they need. Following award-winning concert performances of Peter Grimes with Stuart Skelton in the title role, the Australian tenor returns to Bergen in the same capacity for this Parsifal under chief conductor Edward Gardner. Joining them is a handpicked cast including Johan Reuter as the wounded Amfortas, Brindley Sherratt as the wise old Gurnemanz and Ricarda Merbeth as the teasing Kundry. Any performance of Parsifal is special. Focusing on Wagner’s miraculous, glowing music alone, this one is sure to prove truly memorable.

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