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  • armerjacquino: Some people stay pals with their exes. They certainly seem to have decided to fulfill this... 9:07 PM
  • armerjacquino: 5hrs 21 mins, 2011. As an overweight 37 year old. Never again. 9:05 PM
  • mountmccabe: Yeah, that sounds amazing. 8:09 PM
  • lyrebird: Brilliant report. The dream thing with the genius that is Herheim is insistently apt. It is all a... 7:19 PM
  • opera_newbie: i’m sure that’s it, and i know that logistically things shake out like this and... 6:46 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Is this the (real) beginning of the end of Domingo? He just cancelled the... 6:25 PM
  • PCally: I was pleasantly surprised by the Nedda as well. Vocally the role also suited her quite well.... 5:26 PM
  • steveac10: Also, Racette tackles Minnie. The C’s might be a trial – but she’ll probably act... 5:22 PM
  • La Cieca: Bye now. 5:21 PM
  • kashania: And then there are those fools who like to run triple marathons. WTF? 5:20 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 »