Wagner's Parsifal from Lyric Opera of Chicago

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Paul Groves as the title hero in Lyric Opera’s production of Wagner’s “Parsifal.”

This Saturday at 1 pm, the Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Wagner's Parsifal featuring Paul Groves in the title role, Thomas Hampson as Amfortas, King of the Knights of the Holy Grail, Tómas Tómasson as the evil Klingsor, and Daveda Karanas as the cursed Kundry. 

This Wagnerian tale of good versus evil may be controversial, but even its fiercest critics have noted that the music is sublime. The story follows a King injured by his own weapon, the Holy Spear, at the hands of his nemesis Klingsor. The King's eldest knight claims to have had a vision that told him only a pure fool enlightened by compassion can heal the King's wounds. The opera follows Klingsor's struggle for supremacy and his subsequent battle against the young fool. 

Cast:

Parsifal: Paul Groves
Kundry: Daveda Karanas
Amfortas: Thomas Hampson
Gurnemanz: Kwangchul Youn
Klingsor: Tómas Tómasson
Titurel: Rúni Brattaberg 

CONDUCTOR: Sir Andrew Davis
DIRECTOR: John Caird
CHORUS: Lyric Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER: Michael Black