- Running time330 minutes
Composer: Richard Wagner
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Director: Stephen Langridge
Cast: Simon O’Neill, Gerald Finley, Angela Denoke, Willard White, René Pape
Run Time: 330 mins approx. (incl. two intervals)
A new production of Parsifal, Wagner’s huge, profound meditation on guilt, death and possible redemption, is always a remarkable event. This one, directed by Stephen Langridge, designed by Alison Chitty and conducted by Antonio Pappano – the creative team who brought Birtwistle’s brutal, beautiful Minotaur to the stage – is especially exciting.
An extraordinary cast of Wagnerian singers come together: Heldentenor Simon O’Neill, recently acclaimed for his Siegmund, sings Parsifal; the magnificent bass René Pape is Gurnemanz; Gerald Finley makes his role debut as Amfortas after a wonderful Hans Sachs at Glyndebourne, Willard White sings the sorcerer Klingsor, and versatile singer-actress Angela Denoke is an intriguing choice for Kundry.
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