Live At The Met To Feature ‘Parsifal’

FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House continues the 2012-13 season of Live at the Met high definition opera broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera with Richard Wagner’s “Parsifal,” on Saturday at noon.

“This week’s offering is Wagner’s final masterpiece, ‘Parsifal,'” said Rick Davis, Opera House executive director. “Reputed to be ‘undirectable,’ French Canadian director Francois Girard makes blood the focal point of his postapocalyptic vision for this new Met production. With a dream cast, it has been very well received both critically and by audiences.”

Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role in the Met’s new production, which is a debut for Girard. The cast includes German bass Rene Pape as the wise knight Gurnemanz; Swedish soprano Katarina Dalayman as the wayward temptress Kundry; Swedish baritone Peter Mattei as the wounded king Amfortas; and Russian bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin as the evil wizard Klingsor. Italian maestro Daniele Gatti conducts Wagner’s powerful and complex score. American bass-baritone Eric Owens hosts the transmission and conducts backstage interviews with the stars.

Live at the Met opera broadcasts are made possible by Dr. James M. and Marcia Merrins, who funded the purchase of the satellite transmission and projection equipment used in the series. Additional support comes from Bob and Shirley Coon, Susan Dilks, Steve and Mary Rees and DFT Communications.

Tickets to “Parsifal” are $20 for the general public, $18 for Opera House and Met members, and $15 for students and are available in advance by calling or visiting the box office at 679-1891 Tuesday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.