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October, 2003
Parsifal by Richard Wagner - The New Theatre
Parsifal
Parsifal
Simon Tavener liked this, no I mean he really like it. I don't think I've ever read such a glowing review - perhaps his mum played Kundry?
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Productions of Parsifal are so rare that it is fair to describe this night in the theatre as a once in a lifetime experience. I will admit to some trepidation at the prospect of 6 hours in a theatre - but the experience was so complete that time was almost on hold.

It is hard to find adequate superlatives to describe the many components of this production. It featured an outstanding orchestra, conducted with flair, compassion and an unerring feeling for the drama by Vladimir Jurowski. Well over 100 musicians played with total commitment, impressive control and incredible stamina. At times the music was overwhelming and at others, it was so delicate as to almost seem to be coming from another room.

Wagner places immense demands on his singers. All of the principals were more than up to the tasks set them. The most outstanding performance - vocally and histrionically came from Sara Fulgoni as Kundry. She was a magnetic stage presence, in complete charge of her vocal powers. Even when not singing, she commanded the stage with her every move.

Donald Maxwell was clearly relishing his words as the evil Klingsor. He is a master of the stage and he dominated his scenes without upstaging his co-stars.

Albert Reiter displayed an incredibly rich and flexible voice - very much at home in this style of singing. He clearly was so at home with the language and imagery that he stood out from others around him.

The other principals was equally as impressive - as were the chorus. It is a challenge for any company to undertake a production of Parsifal. Welsh National Opera were clearly up to this challenge.

The sell-out audience at the New Theatre clearly loved the performance and were kept enraptured by the experience. It is understandable that only one performance could be given in Oxford - given the demands and scale of forces required. I would urge fans to try to catch this production in one of the other venues on the tour (Birmingham and Bristol are likely to be more attractive to local residents).

Outstanding - in every respect.

Reviewed by Simon Tavener

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