Then & Now 7/26: Parsifal, Anyone?
On this date in 1882, the first performance of Richard Wagner's new opera "Parsifal" took place at the Bayreuth Festival in Bavaria. The eminent German conductor Hermann Levi led the first part of the performance, but he didn’t get to conduct the entire work because just before the final scene, Wagner himself appeared in the orchestra pit, and took the baton from the conductor and led the performance to the end.
You can see Parsifal from Bayreuth as Deutsche Grammophon just released Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s acclaimed production just in time for this year’s Festival season. The cast features Klaus Florian Vogt as Parsifal, and Elena Pankratova as Kundry. Deutsche Grammophon established a multi-year, exclusive partnership with the Bayreuth Festival last year with Tristan and Isolde, and from now on, every new production will be released on DVD/Blu-ray.