Cher Public

  • antikitschychick: gorgeous; she sounded super fresh-voiced and there’s not a hint of strain or wobble to be heard. Its nice getting... 11:17 PM
  • arepo: Absolutely spectacular! The one to beat! 10:52 PM
  • Camille: As I recall, you have posted it before, right?—she takes the climactic phrase as it was written, which is pretty damn... 10:31 PM
  • phoenix: Was that enough to cancel it? There’s more to this event than meets the eye or ear – maybe more info will surface... 10:31 PM
  • Camille: It was just on the radio station WKCR – 89.9 last Saturday night — in hommage to the passing on of Gunther Schuller,... 10:24 PM
  • Camille: The same has happened when I’ve been there, although it was a lot less so when José van Dam was singing Golaud. If they... 10:19 PM
  • gustave of montreal: what ? 10:15 PM
  • Camille: Felicitations to both die gnädige Feldmarschallin and to stevey as well for hanging in there. There will always be another one,... 10:14 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 »