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View Diary: SNLC, Vol. CCCLXIV / SN@TO 16: Parsifal Edition (81 comments)

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  •  I liked it (5+ / 0-)

    Not as much as the Ring but still, it was good.  If long.

    This performance made me wonder what makes people see the opera as anti-Semitic.  Makes much more sense as Wagner's attempt to integrate Buddhism with Christianity.  The singing was fabulous, but the set for Act I and III was a little dreary.  I agree the close-ups in the Live in HD does mitigate the dreariness of the Act I-III set.  Act III looks like the latter stages of global warming.  But the singing was great.

    The scientific uncertainty doesn't mean that climate change isn't actually happening.

    by Mimikatz on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 09:23:21 PM PST

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    •  without delving into the details via..... (4+ / 0-)

      ......teh Google, on the surface, I suspect that the portrayal of Klingsor as some sort of "impure" outsider, not worthy of the Grail, is the starting point for characterizing the opera as underground anti-Semitic.  This contrasts with the "pure" fool Parsifal.

      From reading the NYT articles and seeing the sets close-up, your description of "the latter stages of global warming" seems quite apt.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 09:36:29 PM PST

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