Parsifal Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
WAGNER’S OVERWHELMING LAST OPERA
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 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.
Pierre AudiDirector 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 AlbrechtChief 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
- Anish Kapoor
- Christof Hetzer
- Jean Kalman
- Gail Skrela
- Klaus Bertisch
- Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
- Chorus of Dutch National Opera
- Rehearsal director
- Ching-Lien Wu
- Children's Chorus
- Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor
- Rehearsals Children's Chorus
- Caro Kindt
- Ryan McKinny
- Bjarni Thor Kristinsson
- Günther Groissböck
- Christopher Ventris
- Bastiaan Everink
- Petra Lang
- Marcel Reijans
- Lisette Bolle
Rosanne van Sandwijk
Jeroen de Vaal
- Maartje Rammeloo
Rosanne van Sandwijk
- Stimme aus der Höhe
- Eva Kroon
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).
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.
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!
‘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)