A nearly five hour opera may frighten potential audience members away. That would be a shame because Parsifal is electrifying! It is described as a ‘festival music-drama‘ – not an opera. This categorization fits, though the music is the lead in Parsifal. Creating both the music and libretto, Richard Wagner masterfully weaves through his story with lengthy musical interludes. The ebullient Sir Andrew Davis deftly conducts the orchestra; the music a combination of religious fervor and mystical enchantment.
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