For the Bologna revival, Andrew Richards (Parsifal) and Anna Larsson (Kundry) return from that cast, together with Lucio Gallo, Gabor Bretz, Detlef Roth and Arutjun Kotchinian. Roberto Abbado conducts.
I'm not sure which is scarier - the short guy with the weapon or Johan Botha's pulling outfit.
The pictures were taken at the dress rehearsal for Michael Schulz's new Parsifal, which opens the Salzburg Easter Festival on Saturday 23 March with Christian Thielemann conducting. I'll be there for the second and final show, auspiciously scheduled for 1 April.
Cast: Amfortas/Klingsor - Wolfgang Koch Titurel - Milcho Borovinov Gurnemanz - Stephen Milling Parsifal - Johan Botha Kundry - Michaela Schuster
If you'd like to see Jonas Kaufmann, Rene Pape, Peter Mattei et al in a full length recording of a certain New York opera house's certain Wagner opera, read on. As ever, the source material may disappear quickly, so you may wish to preserve it:
Essential viewing for anyone interested in Wagner performance practice, it's not a point-and-shoot record of a theatrical performance. Instead Syberberg made a film with actors and fitted it (deliberately loosely) to a pre-recorded soundtrack.
Musically speaking, it's not particularly strong, but cinematically it's arguably the greatest opera film ever made - certainly the most ambitious. Syberberg's visual style and his exploration of the opera's historical and biographical context have proved profoundly influential on later generations of opera directors. Perhaps the most notable of these is Stefan Herheim, whose Bayreuth Parsifalwill be shown live in cinemas (German-speaking countries only) on the same day. If you can see both (lucky you), then do.
The Bayreuth Festival plans to broadcast opera live to cinemas, Katharina Wagner has said in an interview with Welt am Sonntag. Over a hundred German movie houses are included in the plans, and there are discussions with cinemas in Switzerland, Austria and (yay!) Great Britain too.
The first broadcast will be Stefan Herheim's Parsifal on 11 August, accompanied by a break feature with Klaus Florian Vogt and Katharina Wagner. She expects tickets to cost €27-32.