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Thinking with opera, Episode 5: Parsifal part 1

Richard Farnes and Gillian Moore

In the first episode of three focusing on Wagner’s epic final opera, conductor Richard Farnes takes time out of rehearsals in Leeds for an in-depth discussion of the music and narrative of Parsifal with Southbank Centre’s Gillian Moore.

They place this monumental work within Wagner’s oeuvre, describe its huge influence on his peers and his heirs, and look forward to role debuts from Toby Spence in the title role, Brindley Sherratt as Gurnemanz, and Katarina Karnéus as Kundry.

Richard breaks down some of the leitmotifs contained within the opera’s miraculous Prelude, illustrated with clips of the cast, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North in rehearsals.

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