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  • -Ed.: I grew up near Pittsburgh as well, Batty, and yes, given the choice we’d have said easterner and not mid-westerner. Not that... 3:54 PM
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  • phoenix: for the last time, bellisima donna anna di Repubblica Ohio: Perdonatemi – I made the mistake of 1) looking at the map of... 3:18 PM
  • Donna Anna: Well, for as long as I’ve been living here (over 30 years), I’ve always heard it referred to as Midwestern. The... 3:00 PM
  • Camille: Oh, that reminds me, vilbastarda, they dropped that priest reciting his expulsion of the heretics crapola in the Hytner Don Carlo... 2:35 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Now that the production has closed, there are rumblings from behind the scenes of considerable tension between the composer... 2:17 PM
  • Camille: Oh forget it. That’ll never happen. Wonder if I should to see the rest of her Ring in DC next year. Don’t want to get... 2:08 PM
  • Camille: What? Zambello got raped onstage? Ohimè!!!!! Povera donna!!!!!!! 2:03 PM

Equal rites

As with all good myths, certainly all the myths at the heart of Wagner’s operas, the juggling of symbols and archetypes and themes in Parsifal opens the piece to a great variety of interpretations. Many recent productions have twisted things in a way that seemed to strain or defy Wagner’s intricate libretto and lush, meticulous score: gray springtimes in a world beyond nuclear or environmental holocaust, that sort of thing. But the world of Wagner’s tale is, like our own, a world in crisis, on a razor’s edge. That’s bound to resonate with contemporary directors. They then have many options in setting out the workings of the crisis in this fable of a solution to whatever may be broken.   Read more »