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  • grimoaldo: *bicentenary* of Maria Malibran’s birth 2:00 PM
  • grimoaldo: Vincent Price,rather bizarrely cast as Sir Despard Murgatroyd in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore, one in a series of the... 1:50 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I can imagine Marton might have been a trial in the role at that point. There is a complete Forza from the late 70s on... 1:48 PM
  • grimoaldo: Oooh, thanks for the clip from Clari, a real rarity. That is a clip from a witty 2008 production in Zurich which was given as a... 1:43 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Since Anna brings all of her triumphs to the MET, please LaCieca, tell us what production do you think of Lohengrin they... 1:32 PM
  • erste bratsche: Second part of story: I was back in Vienna a few days later connecting to someplace else and I saw Marton at the same... 1:28 PM
  • erste bratsche: I suffered through only Act One of a live Forza at the Vienna Staatsoper in either 1989 or the early 90s. Eva Marton was... 1:25 PM
  • scifisci: what wonderful news! The clips anna has been posting on instagram have been great teasers. And while it’ll be wonderful to... 1:04 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 »