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Performance Practices in PARSIFAL (Part 3) In the conclusion of this three-part series, we look back at the work of American baritone Clarence Whitehill, who excelled in Wagnerian roles around the world, and first performed at the Bayreuth Festival in 1904. The program also features the work of some of the best Wagner conductors on the scene today. We highlight musical excerpts from Donald Runnicles at the Vienna State Opera, Valery Gergiev at the MET, and Pierre Boulez leading the 2004 controversial staging of Parsifal from the enfant terrible of German art, Christoph Schlingensief.
Direct download: Parsifal_Podcast_Part_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:35pm EDT

Performance Practices in PARSIFAL (Part 2) The second part of the show brings us past the Bayreuth Nazi Era, and all the way up to the 1951 re-opening of the Festival after the war. This podcast features a recording from the early 1920's where the original Bayreuth Parsifal bells can be heard (they were destroyed during World War II), a recording of the Good Friday Spell conducted by Siegfried Wagner, the composer's son, and an excerpt from the landmark 1951 Wieland Wagner Bayreuth production of this opera, featuring baritone George London and tenor Wolfgang Windgassen.
Direct download: Parsifal_Podcast_Part_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23am EDT

Performance Practices in PARSIFAL (Part 1) In our premiere Podcast, we will explore the various ways in which Wagner's last opera, Parsifal, has been performed since it first saw the light of day at the Bayreuth Festival of 1882. In this program we will focus on the way that conductors have approached this musical score. It is our hope that you will enjoy the musical numbers that we have selected for you.  My sincere thanks goes out to my friend Keith Barnes who provided me with the rare musical excerpts that you will hear in this program.  This program could not have been done without his help. Enjoy the show!
Direct download: Parsifal_Podcast_Part_1_copy_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

You Found Us! -- Welcome! After almost two years online, Wagneroperas.com is adding a new dimension to the website: podcasting! In a few short days this site's first podcast will hit the air.  We are very excited to be able to bring you a fascinating program about Wagner's last opera Parsifal and the way that conductors have approached the work since its premiere in 1882. The program will include rare highlights from Bayreuth recordings dating back to the late 1920's featuring bass Alexander Kipnis, conductor Karl Muck, and Siegfried Wagner, the composer's son. Hope to see you back here soon!
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT