Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Wagner’s Parsifal - which will be broadcast on radio and on Arte Concert - at the Wiener Staatsoper. This Kaufmann’s sixth production of Parsifal; his previous interpretation has been celebrated for its “clarion top notes, the blend of virility and tenderness in his singing, [and] his refined musicianship” (The New York Times). Conducted by Philippe Jordan, this new production by Kirill Serebrennikov also boasts the role debut of Elīna Garanča as Kundry; with Ludovic Tézier as Amfortas, Georg Zeppenfeld as Gurnemanz, and Wolfgang Koch as Klingsor.
Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the Staatsoper can not welcome a live audience, but the show will be captured for a radio broadcast on April 17th at 19:30 CET on Ö1, and video stream on Arte Concert starting on April 18th at 14:00 CET (available only in Europe). The Arte Concert video recording will be available for replay for 30 days following its April 18th premiere.
In addition, there will be 2 special programs on ORF. The first, entitled Der Fall Parsifal will be broadcast on April 17th at 22:00 CET, and on April 18th, the program Matinee am Sonntag will feature a portrait of both Jonas Kaufmann (at 9:55 CET) and Elīna Garanča (9:05 CET).
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Clip from Jonas Kaufmann's Metropolitan Opera performance of Parsifal:
Jonas Kaufmann appeared as Radamès in the new production of Verdi's "Aida" at the Opéra National de Paris in February. The opera was staged by Lotte de Beer and livestreamed via Arte Concert and Arte TV. Jonas was joined by an illustrious cast including Sondra Radvanovsky as Aida, Ksenia Dudnikova as Amneris and Ludovic Tézier as Amonasro.
Photo: © Vincent Pontet / Opéra National de Paris