Hi, on Saturday, March 2 at noon (note the earlier starting time) we will be seeing Wagner's final opera "Parsifal" live from the Met at Celebration Cinema. Many opera aficionados consider it his greatest masterpiece, but it is so multilayered that the Canadian director, Francois Girard, whose production we will see, said it "was an impossible piece and undirectable". It is the story of a young man who reared away from society embarks on a quest to gain wisdom, reconciliation and compassion. Girard sets his production in a postapocalyptic world "made barren by global warming" (NYT review, Feb. 10). Be prepared: there will be lots of (fake) blood symbolizing Amfortas' wound that can't be healed until someone arrives who has learned compassion.
Parsifal is sung by Jonas Kaufmann (we saw him most recently in "Faust"), Kundry is Katarina Dalayman, Amfortas is Peter Mattei, Klingsor (the baddie) is sung by Evgeny Nikitin and Rene Pape is Gurnemanz.
The opera is 340 minutes long, but ... there are two intermissions! Looking forward to seeing you soon. Gisela