In celebration of Richard Wagner's bicentenary, the National Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Christoph Eschenbach presents a concert version of the third and final act of Wagner's last opera, Parsifal, October 10-12, 2013, in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Singing the title role of the young man whose innocence and compassion become the salvation of the Knights of the Holy Grail is Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff. He'll be joined onstage by baritone Thomas Hampson as Amfortas, the wounded king of the Knights, and bass Yuri Vorobiev as Gurnemanz, eldest Knight of the Grail.
Classical WETA's Deborah Lamberton caught up with Nikolai Schukoff at his Dupont Circle hotel, where they discussed the difference between concert and staged performance, and the art of interpreting the essence of Parsifal to an audience.
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