Wagner: Parsifal - staged by Harry Kupfer
Flowermaidens: Carola Höhn, Brigitte Eisenfeld, Borjana Mateewa, Carola Nossek, Laura Aikin, Elvira Dreßen | Knights: Peter Bindszus Gerd Wolf | Squires: Peter Menzel, Andreas Schmidt, Elvira Dreßen, Efrat Ben-Nun | Alto: Rosemarie Lang
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Parsifal represents the culmination of Wagner’s work as a revolutionary composer of opera. In it he created a powerful allegory on the conflict between Christianity and paganism, good and evil, light and dark, physical passion and spiritual abstinence. This dramatic production by the brilliant German stage director Harry Kupfer marked Daniel Barenboim’s appointment as the artistic director of the Berlin State Opera in 1992. The cast is made up of the finest Wagnerian singers of the period, all of whom enjoyed substantial international careers. Barenboim’s superb conducting reveals Wagner’s multi-layered score in all its glory. Directed by Hans Hulscher, Staging by Harry Kupfer. Stage Design: Hans Schavernoch, Costumes: Christine Stromberg, Sound: Helmut Mühle, Christian Feldgen. Recorded at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin 1992, A production of Metropolitan Munich.
Richard Wagner: Parsifal