Wagner spinoff premieres in Israel

Wagner spinoff premieres in Israel


norman lebrecht

October 11, 2021

Kundry, a monodrama on the Parsifal heroine, will premiere at Tel Aviv Opera on October 21.

Composed by Avner Dorman, and directed by Lotte de Beer, the piece involves a dialogue between a present-day singer and poor foot-washing Kundry.

Jessica Muirhead plays Jessica / Kundry. Steven Sloane will conduct the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

photo: Vienna State Opera


  • Aleph says:

    Parsifal is as far from the Judaic tradition as any piece of classical music could be, except for Bach’s St. John Passion, lol.

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Anyone read Cosima Wagner’s diaries? He wanted to convert the Jewish conductor to Christianity the night before the first performance. ugh.

  • John Borstlap says:

    An indirect way to smuggle-in Wagner in Israel? He is still ‘Verboten’ in the country.

    But there is no danger of Wagner sounds. Mr Dorman writes American hip:


    Poor Kundry will have to make quite an adjustment.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    But wait, Kundry, Mr. Leather Pants and the third man (presumably the singer?) are interrupted by Charlie Parker. They follow him to a jazz club just off 42nd street (Mr. Leather Pants has to buy a Times Square hoodie first), where Kundry gets up and scat sings to “Yardbird Suite”. Kundry is finally redeemed in N.Y. Wagner and Cosima send a telegram of congratulations.

  • Rather Dan says:

    Seriously? News worthy? Avner Dorman new opera is interesting news? Please let us know if it’s a great piece. That would be news