Parsifal - Bayreuther Festspielhaus, 29 July 2010
Stefan Herheim's Bayreuth Parsifal is that rare thing, a production which succeeds on just about every level. Intellectually stimulating, imaginative, theatrically compelling - and entertaining. In a single design concept he explores the work on several levels - the nominal plot, the festival's history within Germany's own development from empire to federal republic, and the religious search for salvation. It's dazzling and technically virtuosic.