More on the L.A. Parsifal: the Case for Wilson’s Spell

Stephen promised an exposition of his thoughts on Robert Wilson’s “Parsifal”. It is presented here: Hi Bill: Well, here it is. PARSIFAL is my desert-island opera. I first saw it at the Met on Good Friday in 1960, then the summer I spent at Bayreuth (1966) studying with the Wagners. I saw Wieland’s breathtaking production […]

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Correspondence with Sal, Carol Jean and Jonathan

November, 2005 Bill, It was wonderful to see you again at our reunion. It is a pity that we don’t live in the same city since we both have such a love of opera. Have you ever seen the video production of Tosca (on Decca label) with the young Placido Domingo and Sherill Milnes? It […]

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“Robert Wilson’s Parsifal” in L A: Whose Spell is it Anyway?

Nine of the ten operas of Richard Wagner’s maturity abound in magic and spells – enough potions, curses and enchantment to fill a whole semester in Harry Potter’s School of Wizards. Even in the tenth opera, “Die Meistersinger”, the hero’s prize song comes to him, as if by magic, in a dream – fully orchestrated […]

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