Wagner: Parsifal

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Andreas Schager (Parsifal), Anja Kampe (Kundry), Wolfgang Koch (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Tomas Tómasson (Klingsor), Matthias Hölle (Titurel)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatsopernchor, Konzertchor der Staatsoper, Daniel Barenboim & Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

Wagner’s final opera is a medieval epic story marked by Christian, Buddhist and esoteric references. It is about redemption and renewal, but this new production by Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov adds a jarring note: revenge.

“Musically it’s first-class…the casting is pretty much ideal and all deliver superbly. Kampe proves with her gleaming high notes that this role needs a soprano…[Schager] has both weight and lyricism. Pape now colours more committedly than in previous recordings of the role; Koch and Tómasson also do very well” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“A fresh take on the opera that will challenge and provoke you.” MusicWeb International, October 2016

“Tcherniakov has established himself as one of our most important directors of opera, and this foray into Wagner shows why, with its mix of respect for the drama and its traditions, and its innovative ideas...A must for anyone with Wagnerian inclinations.” New York Times, 24th November 2016

“Daniel Barenboim’s conducting - patient, serious and drawing beautiful playing from the Staatskapelle - is a good match for Tcherniakov’s concentrated, melancholy vision of the work. It’s beautifully shot, too.” Opera, February 2017

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House


Simon O’Neill (Parsifal), Angela Denoke (Kundry / Voice from Above), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Gerald Finley (Amfortas), Willard W. White (Klingsor) & Robert Lloyd (Titurel)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Stephen Langridge (director)

Wagner’s last opera Parsifal is a work of intense humanity. It narrates the story of a troubled community ultimately healed through one man’s realization of the power of compassion. Created in honour of the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth, Stephen Langridge’s new production, with designs by Alison Chitty, distils with ‘intellectual fibre and visual eloquence’ (Financial Times) the timeless and universal nature of the Parsifal story. The cast includes great Wagnerian tenor Simon O’Neill in the title role. René Pape as Gurnemanz is ‘immaculate’ (Guardian), Gerald Finley as Amfortas is ‘compelling’ (Telegraph) and Angela Denoke as Kundry is ‘dramatically electrifying’ (Telegraph). The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano give a ravishing rendition of Wagner’s sublime score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

Running time: 281 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“Amfortas [is] sung and acted with the greatest distinction by Gerald Finley...Denoke is always striking as Kundry but doesn't really have a large enough voice for the demanding role. The minor roles are well taken. And the orchestra covers itself with glory, tirelessly magnificent for all 270 minutes.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 **

“this is a well-thought-through production whose ideas don’t fight against the music...In musical terms, too, this is a simply excellent performance...[Gurnemanz] is a role that René Pape might have been born to sing...[Finley] is similarly balm to the ears as Amfortas...[Denoke] seizes every dramatic opportunity which the role gives her.” MusicWeb International, 9th December 2014

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7159D

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Peter Mattei (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor), Rúni Brattaberg (Titurel), Maria Zifchak (Stimme)

Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera, Daniele Gatti, Francois Girard (dir.)

Metropolitan Opera Broadcast

François Girard's new production of Wagner's Parsifal, conducted by Daniele Gatti and starring Jonas Kaufmann, Katarina Dalayman, and René Pape in the leading roles, opened February 15 to popular and critical acclaim.

Wagner at first ordained that Parsifal be staged only in Bayreuth, at his own theater. The music drama was introduced there on July 26, 1882, six months before the composer's death. Against the wishes of Wagner's heirs, Heinrich Conried presented the U.S. stage premiere of the work during his first season as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, in 1903. Protests from Wagner's widow, Cosima, brought the issue to court. Ultimately Conried won, and the Metropolitan's version was hailed by some critics as superior to Bayreuth's. The Met's next new Parsifal production, in 1920, was directed by Richard Ordynski and designed by Josef Urban, whose decors were not replaced until 1956, when the company presented a new staging by Herbert Graf. The Met subsequently offered new Parsifal productions in 1970 (Nathaniel Merrill) and 1991 (Otto Schenk). The company's new staging by François Girard, a coproduction with the Opéra National de Lyon and Canadian Opera Company, had its Met premiere on February 15, 2013, with Daniele Gatti conducting.

“Few better casts could be imagined than the one the Met has assembled here. Jonas Kaufmann is the rare Wagnerian hero you can believe in.” **** Bachtrack

“The conductor Daniele Gatti draws diaphanous playing from the great Met orchestra and captures the shifting currents of this richly chromatic and complex score.”NYTimes.com

“At 43 Mr. Kaufmann is in his glory, equally adept in German, Italian and French repertory. Handsome and limber, he is a natural onstage. The baritonal colorings of his sound, his clarion top notes, the blend of virility and tenderness in his singing, his refined musicianship — all these strengths come together in his distinctive Parsifal.” NYTimes.com

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Subtitles: GB, FR, DE, SP, IT

“The cast is magnificent...The biggest revelation is Peter Mattei’s searing Amfortas...[Kaufmann's] transformation from the gauche, feral boy of the first act to the grizzled spiritual leader of the last is masterfully paced...Gatti lets everything unfold in its own time, to luminous, hypnotic effect.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 17th February 2014

“Kaufmann is the Parsifal we've all been waiting for...Matching his agonies are those of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Katarina Dalayman's lustrous, secure Kundry, while the relaxed, minimal gestures of Rene Pape's Gurnemanz bely the vocal armoury he unleashes in the last Act. Gatti's pacing isn't my ideal...but on its own terms it's remarkable.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“The orchestral sound is consistently rich and resonant...The impassioned intensity Jonas Kaufmann brings to Parsifal's music is matched by the rhetorical conviction of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Evgeny Nikitin's Klingsor...This is very much Wagner for the 21st century.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“a fine-looking production...Kaufmann’s Parsifal looks and sounds the part and is well-paced. Evgeny Nikitin’s Klingsor seems to enjoy raising the rafters...Peter Mattei’s Amfortas steals the show with his gleaming baritone and anguished acting – a superb assumption.” Opera Now ****

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17th February 2015

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Peter Mattei (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor), Rúni Brattaberg (Titurel), Maria Zifchak (Stimme)

Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, Daniele Gatti, Francois Girard (dir.)

Metropolitan Opera Broadcast

François Girard's new production of Wagner's Parsifal, conducted by Daniele Gatti and starring Jonas Kaufmann, Katarina Dalayman, and René Pape in the leading roles, opened February 15 to popular and critical acclaim.

Wagner at first ordained that Parsifal be staged only in Bayreuth, at his own theater. The music drama was introduced there on July 26, 1882, six months before the composer's death. Against the wishes of Wagner's heirs, Heinrich Conried presented the U.S. stage premiere of the work during his first season as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, in 1903. Protests from Wagner's widow, Cosima, brought the issue to court. Ultimately Conried won, and the Metropolitan's version was hailed by some critics as superior to Bayreuth's. The Met's next new Parsifal production, in 1920, was directed by Richard Ordynski and designed by Josef Urban, whose decors were not replaced until 1956, when the company presented a new staging by Herbert Graf. The Met subsequently offered new Parsifal productions in 1970 (Nathaniel Merrill) and 1991 (Otto Schenk). The company's new staging by François Girard, a coproduction with the Opéra National de Lyon and Canadian Opera Company, had its Met premiere on February 15, 2013, with Daniele Gatti conducting.

“Few better casts could be imagined than the one the Met has assembled here. Jonas Kaufmann is the rare Wagnerian hero you can believe in.” **** Bachtrack

“The conductor Daniele Gatti draws diaphanous playing from the great Met orchestra and captures the shifting currents of this richly chromatic and complex score.”NYTimes.com

“At 43 Mr. Kaufmann is in his glory, equally adept in German, Italian and French repertory. Handsome and limber, he is a natural onstage. The baritonal colorings of his sound, his clarion top notes, the blend of virility and tenderness in his singing, his refined musicianship — all these strengths come together in his distinctive Parsifal.” NYTimes.com

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“The cast is magnificent...The biggest revelation is Peter Mattei’s searing Amfortas...[Kaufmann's] transformation from the gauche, feral boy of the first act to the grizzled spiritual leader of the last is masterfully paced...Gatti lets everything unfold in its own time, to luminous, hypnotic effect.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 17th February 2014

“Kaufmann is the Parsifal we've all been waiting for...Matching his agonies are those of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Katarina Dalayman's lustrous, secure Kundry, while the relaxed, minimal gestures of Rene Pape's Gurnemanz bely the vocal armoury he unleashes in the last Act. Gatti's pacing isn't my ideal...but on its own terms it's remarkable.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“The orchestra sound is consistently rich and resonant...The impassioned intensity Jonas Kaufmann brings to Parsifal's music is matched by the rhetorical conviction of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Evgeny Nikitin's Klingsor...This is very much Wagner for the 21st century.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“a fine-looking production...Kaufmann’s Parsifal looks and sounds the part and is well-paced. Evgeny Nikitin’s Klingsor seems to enjoy raising the rafters...Peter Mattei’s Amfortas steals the show with his gleaming baritone and anguished acting – a superb assumption.” Opera Now ****

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Andreas Schager (Parsifal), Anja Kampe (Kundry), Wolfgang Koch (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Tomas Tómasson (Klingsor), Matthias Hölle (Titurel)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatsopernchor, Konzertchor der Staatsoper, Daniel Barenboim & Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

Wagner’s final opera is a medieval epic story marked by Christian, Buddhist and esoteric references. It is about redemption and renewal, but this new production by Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov adds a jarring note: revenge.

“Anja Kampe, most intense of Wagnerian singing actresses, goes all the pitiful way; I wept for her in Act III, and began to see a big love story between her and tortured adolescent Parsifal. Andreas Schager is a real find, plausibly anguished…the orchestral colours, with excellent cello and clarinet phrasing, win back some sympathy” BBC Music Magazine, February 2017 ****

“Musically it’s first-class…the casting is pretty much ideal and all deliver superbly. Kampe proves with her gleaming high notes that this role needs a soprano…[Schager] has both weight and lyricism. Pape now colours more committedly than in previous recordings of the role; Koch and Tómasson also do very well” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“A fresh take on the opera that will challenge and provoke you.” MusicWeb International, October 2016

“Tcherniakov has established himself as one of our most important directors of opera, and this foray into Wagner shows why, with its mix of respect for the drama and its traditions, and its innovative ideas...A must for anyone with Wagnerian inclinations.” New York Times, 24th November 2016

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House


Simon O’Neill (Parsifal), Angela Denoke (Kundry / Voice from Above), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Gerald Finley (Amfortas), Willard W. White (Klingsor) & Robert Lloyd (Titurel)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Stephen Langridge (director)

Wagner’s last opera Parsifal is a work of intense humanity. It narrates the story of a troubled community ultimately healed through one man’s realization of the power of compassion. Created in honour of the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth, Stephen Langridge’s new production, with designs by Alison Chitty, distils with ‘intellectual fibre and visual eloquence’ (Financial Times) the timeless and universal nature of the Parsifal story. The cast includes great Wagnerian tenor Simon O’Neill in the title role. René Pape as Gurnemanz is ‘immaculate’ (Guardian), Gerald Finley as Amfortas is ‘compelling’ (Telegraph) and Angela Denoke as Kundry is ‘dramatically electrifying’ (Telegraph). The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano give a ravishing rendition of Wagner’s sublime score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

Running time: 281 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“Amfortas [is] sung and acted with the greatest distinction by Gerald Finley...Denoke is always striking as Kundry but doesn't really have a large enough voice for the demanding role. The minor roles are well taken. And the orchestra covers itself with glory, tirelessly magnificent for all 270 minutes.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 **

“this is a well-thought-through production whose ideas don’t fight against the music...In musical terms, too, this is a simply excellent performance...[Gurnemanz] is a role that René Pape might have been born to sing...[Finley] is similarly balm to the ears as Amfortas...[Denoke] seizes every dramatic opportunity which the role gives her.” MusicWeb International, 9th December 2014

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Falk Struckmann (Amfortas), Matthias Hölle (Titurel), Hans Sotin (Gurnemanz), Poul Elming (Parsifal), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Klingsor), Linda Watson (Kundry)

Orchestra of the Bayreuther Festspiele, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor) & Wolfgang Wagner (stage director)

C Major presents for May from Bayreuth Festival 1998 conducted by the great Wagner conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli Parsifal, never before available on Blu-ray.

The four main roles are taken by Poul Elming, Linda Watson, Falk Struckmann and Hans Sotin – one of the strongest line-ups in Bayreuth’s more recent history.

This programme is too available on DVD 705908

SOUND FORMAT: PCM Stereo. dts-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Andrew Richards (Parsifal), Anna Larsson (Kundry), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Gurnemanz), Thomas Johannes Mayer (Amfortas), Tómas Tómasson (Klingsor) & Victor von Halem (Titurel)

Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie, Hartmut Haenchen (conductor) & Romeo Castellucci (stage director)

Choreography: Cindy Van Acker

Set & costume designs, lighting: Romeo Castellucci

Dramaturgy: Piersandra di Matteo

Recording: La Monnaie / De Munt, Bruxelles - 20/02/2011

A mythical performance from la Monnaie - Bruxelles

Parsifal is a strange and enigmatic work. At the end of his life, did Wagner wish to celebrate asceticism, which he himself had never practised? Did he fall upon his knees before the Cross, as claimed by Nietzsche? And what does the secret society of knights based on pure blood signify, desperately waiting for the saviour to regenerate it? What is the true nature of the opposition between the worlds of Klingsor and the Grail? What can Parsifal tell us today? In his artistic will and testament, Wagner condenses his moral idea of the world and returns to the roots of love and religion - to the very heart of art according to him. With the participation of conductor Hartmut Haenchen who is passionated by the score, Italian stage director Romeo Castellucci proposes an original reading of this brilliant work and explores the essence of Wagnerian ‘Kunstreligion’ in a different light.

“This is an impressive but wildly idiosyncratic account of Wagner's last drama, at any rate from the visual and dramatic point of view...Fortunately the musical side of things, under Hartmut Haenchen, is consistently at the highest level...And he has a fine set of soloists...if you think you know Parsifal well, get this.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

“Haenchen directs an occasional over-fervent but generally well-paced reading, and the singers are excellent. In his final exhortation to the assembled company, Andrew Richards crowns an account of the title-role that is appropriately forceful without turning blustery.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

“the musical performance is superb. The performers all operate from a base of sound musicianship, guided by the lyrical, immaculately controlled, unfailingly sensitive conducting of Hartmut Haenchen...Richards and Larsson make memorable role debuts, the tenor offering unfailingly fresh, firm and powerful tone...[Larsson's] singing in the seduction has true allure.” International Record Review, February 2014

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Falk Struckmann (Amfortas), Matthias Hölle (Titurel), Hans Sotin (Gurnemanz), Poul Elming (Parsifal), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Klingsor), Linda Watson (Kundry)

Orchestra of the Bayreuther Festspiele, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor) & Wolfgang Wagner (stage director)

Finally on DVD, the 1998 production of Wagner’s Parsifal from the Bayreuth Festival. in mystically poetic staging that exerts an unbroken fascination not least as a result of its expressive lighting effects.

Conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli and directed by Wagner’s Grandson Wolfgang Wagner.

The four main roles are taken by Poul Elming, Linda Watson, Falk Struckmann and Hans Sotin – one of the strongest line-ups in Bayreuth’s more recent history.

First DVD release of this 1998 production.

Running Time 268 minutes

Picture 16:9, colour

Sound PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1

Subtitles German (original language), English, French, Spanish

Packaging NTSC: Amaray 2 DVD

Booklet English, German, French

“impressively atmospheric and gorgeously played” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“the fact that Wolfgang Wagner's production and design are characteristically traditional and unchallenging might actually be a plus-point for many...The long dialogue scene between Kundry and Parsifal is done with outstanding musical and dramatic conviction...Struckmann, Elming and the veteran Hans Sotin are all at their vocal best, while Sinopoli responds to the simplicity of the staging by letting the music speak with maximum expressiveness.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal

Recorded live at the Festspielhaus, Baden- Baden, Germany, in August 2004.


Christopher Ventris (Parsifal), Waltraud Meier (Kundry), Matti Salminen (Gurnemanz), Tom Fox (Klingsor), Thomas Hampson (Amfortas), Bjarni Thor Kristinsson (Titurel)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin & Festspielchor Baden-Baden, Kent Nagano (conductor) & Nikolaus Lehnhoff (stage director)

Ever since the world premiere of Parsifal at Bayreuth on 26th July 1882, the meaning of Richard Wagner’s last opera has been widely discussed. Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s visionary staging of this emotionally charged opera reveals a masterpiece of existential drama about human existence. Christopher Ventris and Waltraud Meier lead an inspired cast in a high definition recording in true surround sound.

“It is by a long way the most thoughtful, positive and penetrating view of Parsifal that I have encountered” The Times

Bonus features:

Illustrated synopsis

Cast gallery

Parsifal’s Progress: a documentary analysis including interviews with Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Christopher Ventris, Waltraud Meier and many others.

Running time 317 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: 2 x BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 LPCM & 5.1 DTS-Master Audio

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“a provocative but effective interpretation, in which the Knights of the Grail are struggling to hang on to life in a post-apocalyptic world (a symbolic meteorite dominates the set in Act I). It's a grim vision, but one that works with the established plot; and Lehnhoff's final suggestion of Parsifal leading the others on to a new life without the organised religion that has so patently failed them is inspiring in these over-zealous times.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2005 ****

“Put simply, it is interpretively, vocally, instrumentally, visually and audibly a most impressive performance of Wagner's final opera...[Nagano's] generally brisk tempos, unerring sense for drama and his ability to point up crucial orchestral detail impart a feeling of urgency, of tension, of passion to the proceedings.” Classical Net

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