From the prelude of Parsifal onwards, we are under a spell cast by music of sacred dimensions, tinged with esotericism and Buddhist and Christian references bearing a universal yet sibylline message. How do we comprehend a work that we must traverse like a forest of symbols? Who is Parsifal?
The ultimate incarnation of the new man on whom Wagner meditated all his life? Beginning with the legend of Percival and the Holy Grail, the composer brought his reflections on the fight between good and evil to their ultimate conclusion from which are born the virtues of compassion and renunciation, Richard Jones takes up the challenge of unifying time and space in the composer’s final operatic gesture: Ein Bühnenweihfestspiel or festival play for the consecration of the stage, unique in its beauty.