Vienna’s new Parsifal casts spotlight on Putin’s prisoner

Vienna’s new Parsifal casts spotlight on Putin’s prisoner


norman lebrecht

April 08, 2021

The postponed Parsifal at the Vienna State Opera is now scheduled to be aired on April 18.

It is being directed from Moscow by Kirill Serebrennikov who was until recently under house arrest for anti-Putin activism. Serebrennikov is the drama in a prison.

Asked about the jailed Putin opponent Alexei Navalny, Srebrennikov said: ‘Everyone in prison evokes my compassion. Even more so if he is in a prison because of his convictions.’



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  • Bloom says:

    Imprisonment ( political, ideological, pandemic etc.) is one of the chief experiences people go through nowadays. Everyone is looking for a way out (of the cage). “Parsifal” deals with personal and collective healing /redemption , so its connection with the current zeitgeist becomes somehow obvious. I hope Kirill Serebrennikov s direction will make it even more relevant.

  • Hayne says:

    I hope he’s talking about Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, not the charlatan Navalny.