Stage consecrating festival play in three acts
Libretto : Richard Wagner

Parsifal : Andrew Richards
Kundry : Anna Larsson
Gurnemanz : Jan-Hendrik Rootering
Amfortas : Thomas Johannes Mayer
Klingsor : Tómas Tómasson
Titurel : Victor von Halem

Orchestra and Choir of La Monnaie
Conductor : Hartmut Haenchen

Stage Director : Romeo Castellucci

BAC097 / Opera recorded at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in 2001

A mythical performance from la Monnaie – Bruxelles

Parsifal is a strange and enigmatic work. At the end of his life, did Wagner wish to celebrate asceticism, which he himself had never practised? Did he fall upon his knees before the Cross, as claimed by Nietzsche? And what does the secret society of knights based on pure blood signify, desperately waiting for the saviour to regenerate it? What is the true nature of the opposition between the worlds of Klingsor and the Grail? What can Parsifal tell us today? In his artistic will and testament, Wagner condenses his moral idea of the world and returns to the roots of love and religion – to the very heart of art according to him.

With the participation of conductor Hartmut Haenchen who is passionated by the score, Italian stage director Romeo Castellucci proposes an original reading of this brilliant work and explores the essence of Wagnerian ‘Kunstreligion’ in a different light.


” Wagner, Sleek but Deep ”

” Thanks to the telling contributions of Mr. Castellucci and Mr. Haenchen, the Monnaie’s “Parsifal” casts new light on a difficult opera. ” NY TIMES

  • Director: La Monnaie
  • Length: 239 min - Image: NTSC, colour, 16:9
  • Audio: PCM Stereo, 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Subtitles: FR / EN / DE / NL
  • Zones: All Zones - 2 disc(s) - Release date: