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Opera Guide: Parsifal

From its conception in 1857 to its first performances in 1882, Parsifal represented the culmination of the themes that preoccupied Wagner during the latter part of his life. This guide includes a series of articles on Wagner's profound and complex opera, which the composer preferred to call a Bühnenweihfestspiel - a 'Stage Consecration Festival Play'. Dieter Borchmeyer discusses the mythological foundations of Parsifal, and its relation to Wagner's earlier works. Barry Emslie's though-provoking piece explores the 'virtues of sin' in Wagner's last opera. Robin Holloway provides a study of the opera’s musical motifs, followed by Carolyn Abbate's article 'Parsifal: Words and Music', which examines the relation between music and drama in the opera. Gerd Rienäcker contributes an essay on the dramaturgy and analyses of some of the major scenes. Finally, Mike Ashman writes about Parsifal on the stage.

The present edition contains a literal translation of the libretto opposite the original German text, a number of photographs covering a wide chronology to the present day, a comprehensive thematic guide, a bibliography and discography, as well as DVD and website guides. It will prove an essential companion for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Wagner’s final masterpiece.

Overture Opera Guide
Composer: Richard Wagner
Opera: Parsifal
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 13x19.5x2 cms