Gergiev conducts Parsifal

Good Friday: Gergiev Conducts Parsifal

Birmingham International Concert Season 2011/12

Friday 6th April 2012

Symphony Hall

Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg
Valery Gergiev conductor

Avgust Amonov Parsifal
Larisa Gogolevskaya Kundry
Yury Vorobiev Gurnemanz
Evgeny Nikitin Amfortas
Alexey Tanovitsky Titurel
Viktoria Yastrebova
Oksana Shilova
Liudmila Dudinova
Anastasia Kalagina
Zhanna Dombrovskaya
Anna Kiknadze


This concert has a running time of c. 5 hours 30 minutes including two intervals.

Mariinsky UK tour supported by BP.

Another landmark experience in Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival. Three years since their last visit, Valery Gergiev and the chorus and orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre take us on the ultimate quest for the Holy Grail: an epic story whose final scenes fittingly unfold on Good Friday with music of overwhelming potency.

‘Mesmerising. A landmark for Gergiev.’ The Observer on Gergiev and Mariinsky’s Parsifal recording

Concert performance sung in German with English surtitles. Please note surtitles may not be visible from every seat. Please check when booking.

One of a series of Wagner’s greatest operas, performed in the space of 6 months as part of Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival.
The Royal Opera: Die Meistersinger – Wednesday 11 January
Tristan und Isolde – Saturday 3 March
Wagner’s Ring: Die Walküre – Saturday 30 June

Review by Diane Parkes, BehindtheArras:

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…     “Presented as a concert performance there were some strong performances from the cast. Yury Vorobiev was a powerful Gurnemanz, the wise knight who acts as a conduit for the action and holds much of the plot together.

Avgust Amonov was a placid Parsifal who would have benefited from a little more gusto while Larisa Gogolevskaya attempted to be beguiling as Kundry, the woman who mocked Jesus on the cross and is cursed for ever more.     […]

[…]     At five hours 45 minutes including intervals Parsifal was a bum-numbing experience but one I would sit through all over again given the chance.”

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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…     “Larisa Gogolevskaya was absolutely stunning as the Mary Magdalene-like Kundry, deploying a gamut of voices to convey a range of tormented emotions, and leaving the stage looking understandably drained. The sonorously-voiced Yuri Vorobiev was a totally authoritative, constantly involved Gurnemanz, pleasingly less of the major-domo fusspot he can appear onstage, Yevgeny Nikitin played the mortally-sinful Amfortas as less of a whinger, more of a bitter repentant, and Nikolay Putilin was genuinely fear-evoking as the self-castrated sorcerer Klingsor.”     …