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  • Feldmarschallin: Well the top is completely gone and I also hate his personality on stage. Ist mir so was von... 9:00 AM
  • Donna Anna: This opera has even more painful resonance after the latest hostilities in Gaza. The ugly... 8:36 AM
  • 98rsd: You’re being painfully literal. I mean that it’s a term that’s often used to make a... 7:58 AM
  • ML: He was good on Sunday. Can you describe exactly what it is you dislike in him? I don’t enjoy his... 7:41 AM
  • Baltsamic Vinaigrette: DSS, it is one thing not to ‘get’ something that you sampled in the first... 7:34 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: http://www.amazon. de/Kunstst%C3%BCck e-Rolando-Villaz%C 3%B3n-ebook/dp/B00 I2F2NFU/ref=sr... 7:12 AM
  • ML: I’m jealous. Barenboim seems to be on an Elgar kick. I saw a new Elgar 2 from him on disc the other... 6:51 AM
  • Regina delle fate: We can’t escape it over here! But Barenboim and Rattle have been championing it in... 5:25 AM
  • ML: I’d love to hear Gerontius with anyone. It seems to be forgotten. 5:20 AM
  • Regina delle fate: To which you can add, Wozzeck, Lulu (three-act version), Betrothal in a Monastary, The... 5:18 AM

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 »