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Parsifal Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

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WAGNER’S OVERWHELMING LAST OPERA

Duration 5:15

Breaks 2

By Richard Wagner

Language German

Surtitles English & Dutch

Following his legendary Der Ring des Nibelungen and Lohengrin, Pierre Audi directed another Wagner opera: Parsifal. In collaboration with visual artist Anish Kapoor, he conjures with light and space.

In short

In the last years of his life, Wagner was increasingly concerned with the spiritual, in which the theme of ‘redemption’ – which had long characterised his works – is essential. He was open to ideas from both Buddhism and Christianity. This explains the religious aspects of Parsifal, which were not readily understood in Wagner’s day. Parsifal uses a large orchestra, enabling a great variety of magical sound combinations.

Watch the trailer for Parsifal here.
Watch a live interview with Marc Albrecht on his work as a chief conductor and his preparations for Parsifal.
  • Pierre Audi

    Director of Dutch National Opera, resident director

    PIERRE AUDI (stage director) became director of De Nederlandse Opera in 1988. As of 1 January 2013 he has become Director of Dutch National Opera. In the twenty-five years of his leadership of Dutch National Opera and its forerunner, De Nederlandse Opera, he is credited with giving the Netherlands its own opera tradition. His combined vision and audacity have earned him respect, both in the Netherlands and far beyond its borders, as both the Director of Dutch National Opera and as a stage director.

    Marc Albrecht

    Chief Conductor

    Marc Albrecht, Chief Conductor of The Dutch National Opera and The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is known not only for his interpretations of works by Wagner and Richard Strauss, but also for his affinity for contemporary music.

    Team, Cast and Chorus

    Musical director 
    Marc Albrecht
    Stage director 
    Pierre Audi
    Sets 
    Anish Kapoor
    Costumes 
    Christof Hetzer
    Lighting 
    Jean Kalman
    Movement 
    Gail Skrela
    Dramaturgy 
    Klaus Bertisch
    Orchestra 
    Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
    Chorus 
    Chorus of Dutch National Opera
    Rehearsal director 
    Ching-Lien Wu
    Children's Chorus 
    Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor
    Rehearsals Children's Chorus 
    Caro Kindt
    Amfortas 
    Ryan McKinny
    Titurel 
    Bjarni Thor Kristinsson
    Gurnemanz 
    Günther Groissböck
    Parsifal 
    Christopher Ventris
    Klingsor 
    Bastiaan Everink
    Kundry 
    Petra Lang
    Gralsritter 
    Marcel Reijans
    Roger Smeets
    Knappen 
    Lisette Bolle
    Rosanne van Sandwijk
    Erik Slik
    Jeroen de Vaal
    Blumenmädchen 
    Maartje Rammeloo
    Lisette Bolle
    Inez Hafkamp
    Tomoko Makuuchi
    Caroline Cartens
    Rosanne van Sandwijk
    Stimme aus der Höhe 
    Eva Kroon

    Creation

    The premiere of Parsifal at the 2012 Holland Festival was a great success. Principal conductor Marc Albrecht conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Christopher Ventris and Petra Lang are returning to Amsterdam as Parsifal and Kundry respectively. Ryan McKinny is making his debut with Dutch National Opera as Amfortas.

    For Parsifal, DNO director Pierre Audi chose an austere setting, for which the sets by Anish Kapoor are a perfect match. In Act 2 of Parsifal, there is a very impressive huge round mirror, measuring seven by seven metres, which creates some spectacular effects.

    Anish Kapoor (Bombay,1954) is renowned for his sculptures that play with space and perception. Colour, light and mirror effects are essential to his work. The enormous CLOUD GATE in Chicago (2004) reflects not only the passers-by, but the whole city. In the Rijksmuseum’s Gallery of Honour, Kapoor’s monumental triptych of reliefs Internal Object in Three Parts enters into dialogue with late works by Rembrandt (November 2015 – March 2016).

    Music

    Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marc Albrecht

    The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra has been the regular orchestra partner of Dutch National Opera for over 30 years and is internationally regarded as one of the best opera orchestras. Each season, the two orchestras perform the majority of the opera productions in Dutch National Opera & Ballet. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra gives a varied programme of concerts in the Concertgebouw and performs at major concert halls and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad.

    Marc Albrecht is the principal conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and of Dutch National Opera. Gordan Nikolić is the artistic director and concertmaster of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. In recent seasons, the orchestras for Dutch National Opera have had great success with audiences and international press alike, with productions including Die Zauberflöte, Gurre-Lieder, Lohengrin, Il viaggio a Reims, Der Rosenkavalier and Hänsel und Gretel. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marc Albrecht, received an Edison for their recording of the DNO production Der Schatzgräber, in December 2014. In the 2016-2017 season, the orchestras will be performing the DNO productions Le nozze di Figaro, Manon Lescaut, Parsifal, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Wozzeck, A Dog’s Heart and Rigoletto.

    The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra also brings classical music to people who do not automatically visit concert halls. Musicians go into schools to let children experience how enjoyable it is to play an instrument and listen to classical music. The musicians share their love of and passion for music with young and old, for example in hospitals or at festivals. This makes classical music accessible to all.

    Signing session

     

    On Sunday 18 December, after the performance of Parsifal, the soloists Bastiaan Everink and Christopher Ventris will be at the shop to sign your purchases. Bastiaan Everink will also sign your purchase at 25 December, Christmas Day. This signing session is only for people with tickets for the matinee performance!

     

      Wed 10 Feb

      ‘There are plenty of memorable highlights in this Parsifal. [...] Audi and Kapoor succeed in stupefying the senses to such a degree that for a while you can no longer trust your own thoughts and desires’. (NRC Handelsblad, 2012)