Opera North: Wagner's Parsifal
Opera North offers a semi-staged performance of Wagner’s final masterpiece, rooted in Arthurian legend and speaking of compassion, love and redemption.
A community struggling to survive. A way of life under threat. A shape-shifting heroine with conflicting loyalties and an innocent stranger, unaware that his destiny is to bring salvation through new-found compassion.
Wagner’s final masterpiece is a profoundly moving music drama, rooted in a potent personal mix of Arthurian legend and religious imagery.
It is presented tonight in a semi-staged performance by Opera North, whose performances here of the composer’s Ring Cycle were rapturously received in 2016.
An all-star cast is led by the tenor Tony Spence in the title role, with Katerina Karneus as Kundry, Brindley Sherratt as Gurnemanz and Eric Greene as Klingsor.
On the podium is Richard Farnes, reunited with the company for which he was music director between 2004 and 2016.
- Orchestra of Opera North
- Richard Farnes conductor
- Toby Spence tenor, Parsifal
- Katarina Karneus mezzo-soprano, Kundry
- Robert Hayward baritone, Amfortas
- Derek Welton bass-baritone, Klingsor *
- Brindley Sherratt bass, Gurnemanz
- Stephen Richardson bass, Titurel
- Samantha Clarke soprano, Flowermaiden
- Elin Pritchard soprano, Flowermaiden
- Chorus of Opera North
- Sam Brown director
- Wagner: Parsifal - opera in 3 acts, performed in German with English surtitles
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Performance lasts approximately five and a quarter hours, including two intervals.
* Please note change of performer from originally advertised
Audio Description is available during this event. To use this service, please let a member of the team know when you arrive so that we can organise a headset for you.
Dates & times
- Standard entry£20 – £70*
* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.
** Limited availability. Read about concessions.
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