This last opera by Richard Wagner was specially composed adapting to the unique acoustics of Festspielhaus and exhibits composer’s message of universal love and eternal freedom. During the last “Parsifal” performance in August 1882 composer himself took the button and conducted the show from the transformation scene till the end. Soon afterwards he travelled to Venice, where on 13. February, the heart attack has terminated his life.
Thielemann leads and accompanies, firmly keeping all the dynamic reins in his hands. One could physically feel his love and devotion to the score in its smallest detail mastering a majestic, passionate, dreamy, explosive sound culminating in the most beautiful piano in Isolde’s death scene.
Poignant staging and a musical triumph of Mariss Jansons at the “Lady Macbeth von Mzensk” premiere in Salzburg. “Lady Macbeth von Mzensk” by Dmitri Shostakovich at Salzburg Festival.
Three visited performances: “Tristan and Isolde” on July 26th, “Parsifal” on July 27th and “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” on July 31st, can be united to build an operatic triangle marked by great singing, impressive acting and the unique flair of this historical place. Sort of Bayreuth-Bermuda-Triangle, a universe, one inside you never want and can escape.
Celebrating the great Giuseppe Verdi!
The final scene of Abigaille from “Nabucco” by G. Verdi
A modern “Diva” for me is the one who always comes as the first to the theatre and leaves as the last after the performance. The one, who is best prepared for the role, easy to talk to, always able to learn new ideas from good conductors and stage directors.