National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Celebrating Wagner at 200: Act III of Parsifal, in concert

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - Saturday, October 12, 2013

This concert version of the final act from Wagner's epic opera Parsifal features tenor Nikolai Schukoff, baritone Thomas Hampson, bass Yuri Vorobiev, and The Washington Chorus.


$10.00 - $85.00

Run Time:

92 minutes

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In celebration of the bicentenary of Richard Wagner, one of the world's greatest opera composers, NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach conducts this concert version of the third and final act from Parsifal--Wagner's epic opera about a young man whose innocence and compassion become the salvation of the Knights of the Holy Grail. Reprising roles they've performed to great acclaim around the world, three renowned singers join the NSO and The Washington Chorus for this thrilling Concert Hall program. 
Dashing Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff sings the title role of Parsifal; he wowed audiences in the same role at the Munich State Opera, Opéra National de Lyon, and Hamburg State Opera. The Chicago Sun-Times calls Schukoff "thoroughly absorbing… someone to watch."
A 2013 Gramophone Hall of Fame inductee, American baritone Thomas Hampson portrays Amfortas, the wounded King of the Knights of the Grail--a role he memorably sang at Opéra National de Paris and London's Royal Opera House in 2001. Opera Magazine says Hampson's voice "has a special beauty that's impossible to describe in words."
St. Petersburg-born Yuri Vorobiev portrays Gurnemanz, the eldest Knight of the Grail. Making his NSO debut, Vorobiev won raves for this role in a UK concert tour of Parsifal conducted by Valery Gergiev; the Financial Times said his "authoritative Gurnemanz radiated gravitas… [he's] a Russian bass of high intelligence."

Looking forward to leading the Orchestra in this exciting program, Maestro Eschenbach says, "For me, Parsifal is the culmination of Wagner's work." 

Sung in German - libretto in Playbill.
Performance Timing: 92 minutes, with no intermission. 

NOTE: There is NO late seating for this performance. Please plan to arrive with sufficient time to be seated before the performance begins.


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