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Great Performances at the Met | Parsifal Preview Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role in The Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Parsifal."

Great Performances at the Met | Parsifal

Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 2pm on WMHT TV

Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role in a new production of Wagner's final masterpiece Parsifal, staged by acclaimed French Canadian director François Girard in his Met debut, on Great Performances at the MetSunday, August 25, 2013 at 2pm on WMHT TV.

The extraordinary cast of Wagnerians assembled for the deeply meditative opera about sin, redemption, pain, and healing includes German bass René Pape as the wise knight Gurnemanz; Swedish soprano Katarina Dalayman as the wayward temptress Kundry; Swedish baritone Peter Mattei as the wounded king Amfortas; and Russian bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin as the evil wizard Klingsor.

Italian maestro Daniele Gatti conducts Wagner's powerful and complex score.

“The Met has assembled about the best Parsifal cast available today… Kaufmann is in his glory… Handsome and limber, he is a natural onstage,” declared The New York Times, while the Associated Press found this production to be “(a) Parsifal to treasure, elevated to the highest musical level by the solemnity and sweep of Daniele Gatti's conducting and the dedication of a dream cast of singing actors.”

American bass-baritone Eric Owens  hosts the broadcast and conducts backstage interviews with the stars.