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  • Camille: MasterMistakes. 7:18 PM
  • Camille: Oh. Where and in what role did you hear him, may I ask, Paysan? You see, until and if I hear him live I’ll not draw any... 7:14 PM
  • Paysan Bleu: I am pretty sure that her fiancé will be Des Grieux https://www.facebo ok.com/permalink.p hp?story_fbid=1627 385117545619&a... 6:26 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Anyone remembers the pirated recordings of EJS ? 6:25 PM
  • gustave of montreal: Must be the Alcina performances at Covent Garden sometime between 1961 and 1963 that I attended deadly bored. We... 6:21 PM
  • Hippolyte: Unhappy news and distressing plans: Kelli O’Hara in Purcell? Deborah Voigt in Gilbert and Sullivan? Why? http://artsbea... 5:58 PM
  • aulus agerius: “To enhance the opera’s dramatic impact for today’s audience the directors update the story…” ; This quote... 5:53 PM
  • Bill: Jungfer – do not know Dasch’s repertoire - Elisabeta in Don Carlo, Donna Elvira, Eglantine, Ellen Oxford, Emma, not... 5:43 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 »