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  • olliedawg: marshiemarkII, You and me both. MartinW was simply amazing, sang his part as if he were born doing so, incredible diction,... 8:24 AM
  • PCally: *Tristan, the ring, and parsifal in terms of wagner love, but it’s still one of my all time favorites. 7:44 AM
  • PCally: Porgy, I don’t think Meistersinger is lesser Wagner, in fact I said that the best of it ranks as the finest music wagner... 7:43 AM
  • williams: …oops sorry mercadante. 7:14 AM
  • williams: If that was directed at me Mercandante let me assure you that that was the first of many, many Zeff Bohemes I’ve attended... 7:10 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Hmm. I don’t disagree with your close, but Meistersinger is the last one I would nominate as lesser Wagner. Rather, like... 6:16 AM
  • PCally: Agree to disagree MarshiemarkII. Wagner is my all time favorite composer and lesser wagner is still better than a lot of other... 6:06 AM
  • David: I have never seen it in the theatre and so do not presume to give an authoritative view, but I must admit so far ‘a five hour... 4:48 AM

Somewhere there’s a blu-ray of happiness

According to the generally reliable, the 2012 Bayreuth production of Parsifal directed by Stefan Herheim will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by Opus Arte in April 2013. (This is as good a reason as La Cieca can think of to ask for a Blu-ray player for Christmas, the better to scrutinize every detail of this groundbreaking staging.)  

Since the Herheim has not yet been released, La Cieca will ask the cher public to content themselves for the time being with an older video of the Meister’s Bühnenweihfestspiel, the classic Met staging by Otto Schenk:


  • The production might have not been released yet but a search for it shows we can already watch it online, you know, somewhere

    I am not posting it here because I do not want a repeat of the Turandot.

  • louannd says:

    More from the land of the unborn (any excuse):

    But wouldn’t this be fabulous on the Met stage!

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    I wish they would release the earlier incarnation with Ventris (I think) as Parsifal -- so much easier on the eyes than the guy who saved the day for the revival.

  • DonCarloFanatic says:

    Just listened to Jon Vickers singing Parsifal on Sirius last night from 1979. Love him, but found the music lugubrious, lacking charm. It picked up a little as the evening wore on, but basically, meh.

    A sailor suit? Must still speak to people in Europe. Suits are still available for the preschool set (a grandma buy), but that’s it.

  • manou says:

    Of course Maeterlinck did not confine himself to fey young women with long hair (q.v. elsewhere on this blog) as he is also responsible for L’Oiseau Bleu above.

  • Buster says:

    Happy this comes out. Followed soon by the Christoph Schlingensief Parsifal, I hope, preferably with Evelyn Herliztius.