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Parsifal © Ruth Walz

Wagner Parsifal

From 01 April TO 04 April 2021
Nationaltheater - München
Program

Wagner : Parsifal

5h 15
Cast
  • Conductor
    Franz Welser-Möst
  • Director
    Pierre Audi
  • Performers
    Parsifal: Brandon Jovanovich
    Kundry: Anja Kampe
    Amfortas: Simon Keenlyside
    Gurnemanz: Günther Groissböck
    Klingsor: Derek Welton
M&O OFFER

Attend this performance as a part of a Travel!

Spatenhaus an der Oper

Residenzstraße 12

80333 München

 

This offer includes a ticket in the category chosen with a dinner at the Spatenhaus an der Oper after the performance.

« Dish + Dessert » Drinks not included

Fish, Meat or Vegan plate, thanks to confirm during your booking.

Open daily from 11:30 am to 00:30am

 

The Spatenhaus an der Oper embodies Bavarian cuisine in its most refined form . Beautifully situated right opposite the Bavarian State Opera is celebrated in the traditional Munich Haus at great expense a fine Bavarian cuisine.

  • Venue Info
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  • Synopsis

Nationaltheater - München Location Max-Joseph-Platz 2 - 80539 München Allemagne

  • Venue's Capacity: 2100

The history of Munich's actual theatre truly only begins at the end of the eighteenth century. Indeed, after over a century of infatuation for Italian opera, which was manifest in the construction of the Théâtre de la Cour (now called the Théâtre Cuvilliês, still active), local inhabitants began to feel the need for a German lyrical art. German repertoire, as Mozart appealed for, active in Munich especially during the premiere of his IDOMENEO, but also, a German theatre, since the Theatre de la Cour was limited to Italian art. The Napoleonic wars and King Maximilien I's sudden passion for the Odéon Theatre in Paris postponed this project.

The public thus waited until 1818 to discover its « National Theatre, » a subtle and luxurious synthesis of various styles: loggias in the Italian tradition cohabited with innovations from the French school of architecture. One of the noveltieswas a reservoir of water destined to be used in case of fire, but which nevertheless did not save the buildîng from flames in January 1823 ; the water was frozen! The Opera was reconstructed, financed by a special tax on beer: perhaps an original means but one yielding a particularly high return! After these rather tumultuous beginnings, the National Theatre reopened in 1825 and became the hotbed of German lyrical art. Four of Wagner's operas were premiered there between 1365 and 1870 (TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Da MEISTERSINGER, DAS RHEINGOLD, and DIE WALKÜRE).

Wagner, of course, but also Mozart and Richard Strauss soon became the pillars of the Theatre's repertoire during the first half of the twentieth century, thanks to the talent of conductors such as Bruno Walter, Hans Knappertsbusch, and... Richard Strauss, himself a native of Munich. Strauss saw two of his operas premiered in his home town: FRIEDENSTAG (Peace Day, 1938!), and CAPRICCIO (1942). The libretto of the latter was elaborated with the help of the conductor Clemens Krauss, who was then Director of the Opera. The fact that the building was destroyed during the war did not prevent the company's tradition from being perpetuated.

Between 1952 and 1967, the institution was directed by Rudolf Hartmann, a former assistant to Richard Strauss and Clemens Krauss. The former 1818 edifice was reconstructed in 1963, after much hesitation as to whether or not to erect a modern hall. The long reign (1971-1992) of conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch, a distinguished representative of the tradition composed of rigour and commitment, is an example of the perserverance with which the Bayerische Staatsoper comes to terms with the legacy of its brilliant past.

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Synopsis

Parsifal

PARSIFAL, A GREAT ADVENTURE

This opera in 3 acts by Richard Wagner is based on the much loved Arthurian legend and tells of a knight's quest.
Although Wagner first began work on the opera in 1857 it actually took him 25 years to complete, and the opera was first performed at the second Bayreuth Festival which took place in 1882, and for 20 years thanks to a ban imposed by Wagner and then by his wife, the opera was only performed at Bayreuth.
The opera is based on a 13th century poem in the epic style by Wolfram von Eschenbach following the story of the knight, Parzival or Percival is he was commonly known. It was the last opera that Wagner wrote and though it is agreed that the music and scenes are beautiful, the story is known to be difficult. The name Parzival or Percival can be translated as 'pure fool'.

HISTORY

Set in and around the magical castle of Monsalvat in northern Spain, the knights of the Grail are concerned about their ruler Amfortas who suffers from a wound that will not be cured.

Act 1

The brotherhood of the Holy Grail are in a forest near their castle. The eldest knight Gurnemanz is concerned about the King of the Grail, Amfortas who is incurably wounded. A seemingly ageless woman, Kundry has come to bring medicine for Amfortas. Amfortas was wounded when evil Klingsor took the holy spear and stabbed him.

Now Klingsor wants the grail too but it is said that a knight will come to put things right. A swan falls from the sky, struck by an arrow. The hunter, Parsifal is brought before Gurnemanz, who wonders if he is the one. A ritual is performed but the young squire just stares blankly so Gurnemanz sends him away.

Act 2

The young squire is wandering in the forest when he discovers Klingsor's castle and defeats all of his soldiers. Kundry seduces him and reminds him of his name which he had somehow forgotten, she promises that she can make him a god through her love but when she kisses him he feels Amfortas' pain and his mind can't think of anything except finding a cure for the king. When he asks Kundry how to get back to the knight's castle she curses him to wander lost in the forest. Klingsor tries to stop him leaving by attacking him with the spear that wounded Amfortas but the young squire take it from him and uses it to protect himself from the magic of Klingsor and Kundry.

Act 3

It is Good Friday many years later and our hero finally finds his way back to the Kingdom of the Grail. In the forest he meets Kundry and Gurnemanz who baptises him. They go to the castle to attend the funeral of Titurel, who recently died when Amfortas would not open the Grail. At the castle Amfortas is still refusing to perform the ritual even though the knights are demanding it.
He begs them to put him out of his misery by killing him. The knight enters, touches the spear to Amfortas' side and his wound is healed.

THE MAIN ROLES

Parsifal - a young squire -tenor
Kundry - soprano
Gurnemanz - leader of the Grail Knights - bass
Amfortas - the king - baritone
Klingsor- an evil magician and king - bass-baritone
Titurel - father of Amfortas father - bass

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