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  • NPW-Paris: And Greece? 6:24 PM
  • Bill: The Met broadcast of Le Nozze di Figaro today was vocally rather wretched as well – the sextet... 5:58 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I know this isn’t the main point but your remark about Erin Morley was interesting. She was... 5:49 PM
  • Satisfied: JML: can you describe the concept (if any) of the production? 5:37 PM
  • antikitschychick: Holy moly what an ordeal! Well…at least it wasn’t a boring evening at the... 5:30 PM
  • Poison Ivy: JML thanks so much for the eye-witness report. In the chat we heard the dropout from Keenlyside,... 5:19 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: DISTRESSING NEWS: I am just in the door from the premiere of the new... 5:07 PM
  • Gualtier M: The Facebook post made mention of a blood pressure issue discovered during a doctor’s visit... 4:56 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Actually I saw Mme. Millo at the Fabiano Boheme and she’s slimmer than she’s been in... 4:41 PM
  • All-knowing Earth Goddess: this news breaks my heart. For 10 years Millo has been talking about her diet and... 4:39 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 »