A prophecy to save them all... hear from director Sam Brown and tenor Toby Spence as they rehearse Wagner's final opera, Parsifal, at Opera North.
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A rare opportunity to experience the immense, shimmering universe of Wagner’s crowning work in all its immersive glory, this dramatic concert staging brings to the fore a resplendent 90-piece orchestra and a cast of stellar international singers under the skilful baton of conductor Richard Farnes. From the miraculous 15-minute orchestral Prelude, to the celebrated Good Friday Music with its constantly searching, evolving, ethereal beauty, Wagner carries the audience from worldly to exalted places.
Amfortas, ruler of the Kingdom of the Grail, suffers an incurable wound after losing the Holy Spear to evil sorcerer Klingsor. When a prophecy reveals that only a naïve young man who has learnt compassion will be able to heal Amfortas, Parsifal must embark on a quest save the community of the Grail.
1–10 June: Leeds Grand Theatre
12 June: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
15 June: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
18 June: Sage Gateshead
26 June: Southbank Centre
"Farnes' shaping of the score is masterly. This is authentic Wagner" — The Telegraph on the Ring cycle
"Opera North’s “concert stagings” of epic operas have become eagerly awaited annual events" — The Times