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  • "oh my goodness poor Petersen. Well at least she got through the performance..." - antikitschychick
  • "Someone asked about Lulu. I have not been feeling very well lately and that..." - Feldmarschallin
  • "Or httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=7cuU vzKzqsY" - m. croche
  • "Henry, “The *shudder* neo-Classical *shudder* backlash against late..." - gironabalie
  • "More on the National Point of View question: From Clarice Carson’s GLOBE AND..." - Krunoslav
  • "One thing I feel the opera really needs is a central love duet. In the hotel. An..." - Niel Rishoi
  • "also called Maometto in Italian, as in Rossini’s “Maometto..." - parpignol
  • "Is that Luca Pisaroni?" - operablogger

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 »