WAGNER: Parsifal (Live, Bayreuther Festspiele 2023)

Acclaimed by the New York Times as “superbly sung, and conducted with muscular solidity”, Deutsche Grammophon release the Bayreuth Festival’s 2023 production of Parsifal in both audio and audio-visual formats. The production features the conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and singers Andreas Schager, Elīna Garanča, Georg Zeppenfeld and Derek Welton.

Wagner composed Parsifal especially for Bayreuth’s Festspielhaus, wishing for it to be performed nowhere else. Stage Director Jay Scheib takes the composer at his word in his staging, referring to a letter Wagner wrote to King Ludwig II in which he described the opera as a “farewell to the world”, a work that faces up to the question of how hope can exist when life has long since ceased to be possible…

Release: June 28th, 2024 on CD, digital audio and Blu-ray video.