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    Thanks for posting this diary. I had more than half intended to return to my old haunt and write a diary on this topic myself.

    But even though I'm on the West Coast, it was almost 4 pm by the time I got home and I had several other things to attend to and I knew it would take me several hours to write everything I wanted to say including appropriate links.

    I have to say that though I'm a devoted Wagnerian and feel I completely get the other 9 mature operas, I've been struggling for more than forty years to completely wrap my mind around Parsifal. I think I finally got there today.

    The difficult part for me was always the second act. I always found the role of Kundry a bit grating.

    Anyway this was a superb performance, IMO. Every one sang beautifully. I had been worried about the state of René Pape's voice based on a bit of what I had heard on the radio. But he was fine in Act I and gave me everything I wanted in Act III.

    And Peter Mattei was a revelation as Amfortas. It's his first Wagner role, but beautifully sung and with great intensity. Kaufmann has a splendid voice and phrases beautifully. And Dalayman was deeply affecting as Kundry.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 09:22:32 PM PST

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