Pablo Heras-Casado Conducts ‘Parsifal’ in Spain

On January 26 and 27, Pablo Heras-Casado conducts for the first time the Orquesta de Extremadura to present Parsifal, Richard Wagner’s last opera. Both concerts -sold out since September-, will be performed at the Palacio de Congresos de Badajoz. The first act of the concert version will be presented on Thursday and the second and third acts will be continued the following day. The cast includes tenor Christopher Ventris in the title role of Parsifal, Allison Cook as Kundry, Raimund Nolte as Gurnemanz, Derek Welton playing two roles, those of Amfortas and Klingsor, and bass Javier Castañeda as Titurel. Parsifal premiered in Bayreuth on July 26, 1882, six months before Wagner’s death. Maestro Heras-Casado will open this year’s festival in the Wagnerian temple with a new production of this masterwork. Pablo Heras-Casado began his Wagnerian journey in 2016 with Der fliegende Holländer at the Teatro Real and last year he ended the Der Ring des Nibelungen in Madrid.

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