Tonight’s opera – Wagner’s Parsifal at Hungarian State OperaOpera
Wagner’s Parsifal at Hungarian State Opera
Tonight Slippedisc, courtesy of OperaVision, brings András Almási-Tóth’s new production conducted by Balázs Kocsár live at its premiere on Good Friday at Hungarian State Opera. Known as the Ybl Palace after its architect, Miklós Ybl, this magnificent building reopened in March 2022 after over five years of restoration.
In his final music drama Parsifal, Wagner fashions the fear of the temptations and sinful desires into a tale of redemption. The score contrasts the sacred with the sensual, from the stark magnificence of the music for the procession to the Grail Hall in Act I to the richly orchestrated scene in which Kundry attempts to seduce Parsifal in Act II. There are sections of almost unearthly beauty such as the Act I Prologue and the closing scene of the opera, in which Parsifal reveals the Grail to the knights. Amfortas is sung by Michele Kalmandy, Titurel by István Rácz, Gurnemanz by András Palerdi, Parsifal by István Kovácsházi, Klingsor by Károly Szemerédy and Kundry by Andrea Szántó.
The Plot: A young man ignorant of everything, including his own name, arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he the ‘pure fool, enlightened by compassion’, who, it has been prophesied, will purify the realm?
Available from Friday 15 April 1700 CET/ 1600 London/ 1100 New York