Parsifal

Two triumphant 'little greats' from Opera North

23 September 2017 9:00 am

It has been a reasonably good week for peripatetic opera-loving female-underwear fetishists. In La bohème at Covent Garden Musetta slipped…

Maria Callas as Anna Bolena

The unrepeated and unrepeatable brilliance of Maria Callas

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Michael Tanner on why the impact of Callas is unrepeated and unrepeatable

Spare us this unanimous chorus of praise for Pierre Boulez

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Pierre Boulez, who died last week at the age of 90, would have been the last person, one hopes, to…

Powerful and upsetting: Pelléas et Mélisande at the Barbican reviewed

16 January 2016 9:00 am

There are some operas, as there are some people, that it is impossible to establish a settled relationship with, and…

Half-brilliant, half-bewildering: Peter Pan at Welsh National Opera reviewed

23 May 2015 9:00 am

In Beryl Bainbridge’s novel An Awfully Big Adventure the producer Meredith Potter issues a doughty injunction on the subject of…

In the mood for Parsifal, my Passiontide fare

19 April 2014 9:00 am

This week, I have been mostly listening to Parsifal. Not the St Matthew Passion, which is my usual Passiontide fare.…

Parsifal has anxiety, rage, near-madness — unfortunately the Royal Opera's version doesn't

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Debussy’s description of the music of Parsifal as being ‘lit up from behind’ is famous; less so is Wagner’s own…

Mark Elder and the Hallé surpassed any other account of Parsifal that Michael Tanner has heard

31 August 2013 9:00 am

The Proms season of Wagner operas — pity they didn’t do them all; Die Meistersinger would have been specially welcome,…

Most moving: Jonas Kaufmann as Parsifal

Mozart magic

9 March 2013 9:00 am

It was some time since I’d been to a performance of Mozart’s greatest though not his deepest opera, Le Nozze…