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The Wagner Journal on “Parsifal” in Karlsruhe

“…The present-day Karlsruhe Opera (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe), where the general music director is the dynamic British conductor Justin Brown, is establishing its Wagnerian credentials… the beauty of the visual spectacle here [in Act 3] is matched by Brown’s exquisite conducting – the wind particularly lovely… I have already mentioned the fine conducting in Act III, but there were also scrupulously observed details in the earlier acts and moments of unforgettable potency, such as the huge climax when Amfortas is brought in (Act I). The strong singing of the chorus deserves a mention too, but above all the imaginative collaboration of conductor and director: time after time, the power of the score is enhanced by gestures, movements or groupings of the characters. This is how all good Wagner productions should be, of course, but infrequently are.”

-Barry Millington, The Wagner Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3

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