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Parsifal | Opera North

Parsifal | Opera North

Wed 5 May, Sun 9 May, Wed 9 & Sat 12 June , 4.30pm - 10pm
Main Auditorium

Opera North has made the difficult decision that their planned tour of Wagner’s Parsifal, scheduled for May/June 2021, must now be postponed to a future year. The scale of musical forces needed to perform this work, with over 130 musicians on stage, will not be possible to achieve with social distancing in place for performers. Opera North is firmly committed to performing Parsifal in a future year once this scale of performance becomes feasible.

To replace the Parsifal dates in 2021, we will present an evening of music from Wagner’s Ring, conducted by Richard Farnes and using Jonathan Dove’s orchestrations.

This specially devised event will look at the parallels to be drawn between Wagner’s mythical realm, in which the gods’ violation of the natural world is an intrinsic aspect of their power, and the destruction of our own environment. As a companion piece to Opera North’s complete 2016 Ring cycle, which is currently available to watch online for free, this new event will include extracts from the Ring featuring singers who were to appear in Parsifal.

Existing ticket bookers for Parsifal will be contacted by Opera North's box office with options for a credit, to make a donation or receive a full refund as soon as possible.

Uncover the tale of the knights who guard the Holy Grail...

Amfortas, lord of the Grail knights, suffers physically from a wound inflicted upon him by the sorcerer Klingsor, and spiritually from the burden of sin: he allowed himself to be seduced in Klingsor’s magical realm by a beautiful woman. With no cure to be found, the community of the Grail is threatened with disintegration. The only hope lies in a prophecy: that one day all may be redeemed by an innocent fool made wise by compassion.

Wagner said that Parsifal was his ‘farewell to the world’, and so it proved. It was his final opera, and the overwhelming power and beauty of his music reaches new heights of intensity in this work. This concert staging will be conducted by former Music Director Richard Farnes, whose performances of the Opera North Ring cycle in 2016 were met with universal acclaim.

Supported by the Parsifal Circle. #ONParsifal

Running time
Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes (including two intervals)

Sung in German with English titles

Toby Spence - Parsifal
Katarina Karnéus - Kundry
Brindley Sherratt - Gurnemanz
Robert Hayward - Amfortas
Eric Greene - Klingsor

Creative team
Richard Farnes - conductor
PJ Harris - director
Akhila Krishnan - video designer


£20 to £70

Tickets & Times

  • Wed 5 May , 4:30 PM
  • Sun 9 May , 4:30 PM
  • Wed 9 Jun , 4:30 PM
  • Sat 12 Jun , 4:30 PM