17. März 2008 · Paris, Opéra National de Paris, Bastille, 18.00 Uhr

Richard Wagner: Parsifal

Regie: Krzystof Warlikowksi; Bühnenbild und Kostüme: Malgorzata Szczesniak,
Amfortas: Alexander Marco-Buhrmester; Titurel: Victor von Halem; Gurnemanz: Franz-Josef Selig; Klingsor: Evgeny Nikitin; Parsifal: Stig Andersen; Kundry: Waltraud Meier; Zwei Gralsritter: Gunnar Gudbjörnsson, Scott Wilde Vier Knappen: Hye-Youn Lee, Louise Callinan, Jason Bridges, Bartlomiej Misiuda Klingsors Zaubermädchen: Adriana Kucerova, Valérie Condoluci, Louise Callinan, Yun-Jung Choi, Marie-Adeline Henry, Cornelia Oncioiu Eine Altstimme aus der Höhe: Cornelia Oncioiu


20.März 2008. besuchte Vorstellung 18.3.

Conductor Hartmut Haenchen is really fast with the score. With timings of 1:40, 1:05 and 1:05, the over-all performance being 3:50. Initially, he didn´t seem fast, since he took the prelude at a conventional pace, but then he slowly sped up.. In comparison I´d say Barenboim normally is about 20 minutes slower in the first Act alone. Haenchen was hugely applauded by the audience and it was by no means a badly conducted performance. He clearly understands the score, and presents a well-thought reading of it, but I lacked some depth and tension. And I prefer a much slower paced conducting, though slow tempi by no means automatically guarantees a successfully conducted Parsifal. Interestingly, some of the trombones in Act 1 was placed off-stage with excellent effect.
http://mostlyopera.com · 20. März 2008