First Look at Vienna’s New Parsifal

Tonight is the premiere of Alvis Hermanis’ star-studded staging of “Parsifal” at the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera). Ahead of opening night (5:30pm), the Staatsoper has released production stills to whet our appetite. I must confess that I’ve never been much of a Hermanis fan (his Berlin “Tosca” is one of the dullest things I’ve ever seen), but these photos make his staging here look pretty damn amazing. Plus we also get role debuts from Gerald Finley (Amfortas) and Nina Stemme (Kundry).

CONDUCTOR………. Semyon Bychkov

DIRECTION AND STAGE………. Alvis Hermanis

Amfortas………. Gerald Finley

Gurnemanz………. René Pape

Parsifal………. Christopher Ventris

Klingsor………. Jochen Schmeckenbecher

Kundry………. Nina Stemme

 

 

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