Composer Richard Wagner · Libretto by the composer
In German with English and German surtitles | New Production

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Musikalische Leitung
Kirill Petrenko
Pierre Audi
Georg Baselitz
Mitarbeit Bühnenbild
Christof Hetzer
Florence von Gerkan
Urs Schönebaum
Klaus Bertisch, Benedikt Stampfli
Sören Eckhoff

Christian Gerhaher (06-28-2018, 07-01-2018, 07-05-2018, 07-08-2018, 07-31-2018) , Michael Nagy (03-24-2019, 03-28-2019, 03-31-2019)
Bálint Szabó
René Pape
Jonas Kaufmann (06-28-2018, 07-01-2018, 07-05-2018, 07-08-2018, 07-31-2018) , Burkhard Fritz (03-24-2019, 03-28-2019, 03-31-2019)
Wolfgang Koch (06-28-2018, 07-01-2018, 07-05-2018, 07-08-2018, 07-31-2018) , Derek Welton (03-24-2019, 03-28-2019, 03-31-2019)
Nina Stemme
Erster Gralsritter
Kevin Conners
Zweiter Gralsritter
Callum Thorpe
Stimme aus der Höhe
Rachael Wilson
Erster Knappe
Paula Iancic (06-28-2018, 07-01-2018, 07-05-2018, 07-08-2018, 07-31-2018) , Elsa Benoit (03-24-2019, 03-28-2019, 03-31-2019)
Zweiter Knappe
Tara Erraught (06-28-2018, 07-01-2018, 07-05-2018, 07-08-2018, 07-31-2018) , Noa Beinart (03-24-2019, 03-28-2019, 03-31-2019)
Dritter Knappe
Manuel Günther
Vierter Knappe
Matthew Grills (06-28-2018, 07-01-2018, 07-05-2018, 07-08-2018, 07-31-2018) , Galeano Salas (03-24-2019, 03-28-2019, 03-31-2019)
Klingsors Zaubermädchen
Golda Schultz (06-28-2018, 07-01-2018, 07-05-2018, 07-08-2018, 07-31-2018) , Elsa Benoit (03-24-2019, 03-28-2019, 03-31-2019)
Klingsors Zaubermädchen
Selene Zanetti
Klingsors Zaubermädchen
Tara Erraught (06-28-2018, 07-01-2018, 07-05-2018, 07-08-2018, 07-31-2018) , Natalia Kutateladze (03-24-2019, 03-28-2019, 03-31-2019)
Klingsors Zaubermädchen
Noluvuyiso Mpofu
Klingsors Zaubermädchen
Paula Iancic (06-28-2018, 07-01-2018, 07-05-2018, 07-08-2018, 07-31-2018) , Mirjam Mesak (03-24-2019, 03-28-2019, 03-31-2019)
Klingsors Zaubermädchen
Rachael Wilson
Kinderchor der Bayerischen Staatsoper (06-28-2018, 07-01-2018, 07-05-2018, 07-08-2018, 07-31-2018)
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Neither balsam, nor medicinal herbs can provide relief to the wounded and ailing Amfortas, ruler of the Grail kingdom. His path to recovery proves to be a complex one. No member of the Grail community can reclaim the spear which inflicted the wound, but only an outsider, a “pure fool”, enlightened by compassion. Only by the tip of this spear touching Amfortas’s wound can he be healed. On his journey of self-discovery, towards his destiny as chosen deliverer, Parsifal is accompanied, not only by the skilful Grail Knight Gurnemanz, but also by the enigmatic and seductive Kundry, who opens his eyes to sensuality and extrasensory experience.

Parsifal, a „Bühnenweihfestspiel“ („A Stage Inauguration Festival Play“), was first performed in Bayreuth in 1882. Richard Wagner’s final musical drama addresses wounds which fester both within individuals, as well as in society as a whole, before proffering miracle remedies with the ability to ease the pain„

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Kirill Petrenko was born in Omsk in 1972 where he studied piano at the College of Music. At the age of eleven he gave his first public performance as a pianist with the Omsk Symphony Orchestra. In 1990 his family (his father a violinist and his mother a musicologist) relocated to Vorarlberg where his father worked as an orchestra musician and music teacher. Petrenko first continued his studies in Feldkirch before moving to Vienna to study conducting at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts. 

His first job after graduation took him directly to the Vienna Volksoper where he was hired by Nikolaus Bachler as Kapellmeister. From 1999 until 2002 Kirill Petrenko was General Music Director at the Meininger Theater. It was in 2001 in his role as conductor of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, in the production by Christine Mielitz and with scenery by Alfred Hrdlicka, that he first achieved international acclaim. In 2002 Kirill Petrenko became General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin where, until 2007, he was credited with a series of highly significant productions.

During his time in Meiningen and Berlin his international career also began to flourish. In 2000 Kirill Petrenko made his debut at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in 2001 at the Vienna Staatsoper and the Dresden Semperoper, in 2003 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the New York Metropolitan Opera and in 2005 at the Oper Frankfurt. In Lyon, in collaboration with Peter Stein, he conducted all three Pushkin-inspired operas by Tchaikovsky (Mazeppa, Eugene Onegin and Pique Dame) from 2006 until 2008, which were also performed as a cycle in early 2010.

After moving on from the Komische Oper Berlin Kirill Petrenko worked as a freelance conductor. During this period his projects included conducting a new production of Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa (Production: Barbara Frey) at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2009. In Frankfurt he conducted Pfitzner's Palestrina (Production: Harry Kupfer) and Puccini's Tosca (Production: Andreas Kriegenburg). In 2011 he worked on two new productions of Tristan and Isolde at the Opéra National de Lyon and at the Ruhrtriennale.

To date, the most important orchestras Kirill Petrenko has been invited to conduct include the Berlin Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the BR Symphony Orchestra, the Bayerische Staatsorchester, the WDR Cologne Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic and the NDR Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Opern- und Museumsorchester, the Amsterdam Concertgebouworkest, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Turin and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Kirill Petrenko has also conducted concerts at the Bregenz and Salzburg Festivals. From 2013 to 2015 he swung his baton for the new production of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen during the Bayreuth Festival.

Since September 2013 Kirill Petrenko has been General Music Director at the Bayerische Staatsoper. He will be working in this position until the end of the 2019/20 season. Since 2013, he has taken to the rostrum for premieres of Die Frau ohne SchattenLa clemenza di TitoDie SoldatenLucia di Lammermoor, Lulu, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsenk District and Tannhäuser as well as the world premiere of Miroslav Srnka’s South Pole and a revival of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen among other works. In June 2015, Kirill Petrenko was named future Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, starting this position in autumn 2019.

In the current season at the Bayerische Staatsoper Kirill Petrenko led an new production of Puccini’s Il trittico, next up is a new production of Wagner's Parsifal opening the Munich Opera Festival. Furthermore, Kirill Petrenko conducts revivals of Der Rosenkavalier and three complete Ring-cycles, as well as three Academy Concerts with the Bayerische Staatsorchester.

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