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Good Friday Music on NSO Showcase
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 9:00pm
This month’s NSO Showcase honors Holy Week with a special performance of the final act of Wagner’s Parsifal, featuring the transcendent “Good Friday Music.” Christoph Eschenbach conducted this concert version of the third act of Parsifal as part of the Kennedy Center’s Wagner bicentennial celebration in 2013. Act III takes place in the Kingdom of the Holy Grail on a beautiful Good Friday. The once young and naïve Parsifal returns to the kingdom, having won the Holy Spear from the evil Klingsor. After a long and difficult journey, Parsifal has grown into a loving and compassionate knight, and is now spiritually ready to heal the suffering of King Amfortas, and to become the new King of the Grail. Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff sings the role of Parsifal. American baritone Thomas Hampson is a noble and powerful King Amfortas. Making his NSO debut, St. Petersburg-born Yuri Vorobiev portrays Gurnemanz, the eldest knight of the Grail. Premiered at Bayreuth just a year before his death, Parsifal is Wagner’s last work for the stage, and as Maestro Eschenbach says, “for me Parsifal is the culmination of Wagner’s work.”