Enthusiastically Recieved Parsifal Premiere in China
130 years after its world premiere, Richard Wagner's Parsifal made its long-awaited and very successful first appearance in China on 29 October 2013 in the sold out Poly Theatre of Beijing.
Gustav Kuhn conducted the China Philharmonic Orchestra in this co-production with the Beijing Music Festival, which was initiated by the Salzburg Easter Festival (together with the Saxon State Opera Dresden and the Teatro Real, Madrid, as further partners). Nine containers were needed to transport the sets, costumes and props of the production, which had its premiere at the Salzburg Easter Festival 2013 under the baton of Christian Thielemann, to China. Stage director Michael Schulz personally revived the opera with a largely new cast, which included the Philarmonia Chorus Vienna.
Tenor Burkhard Fritz was enthusiastically received as Parsifal. Michaela Schuster as Kundry had as great a success as she already received in Salzburg. Iain Paterson as Amfortas, Attila Jun as Gurnemanz and Derek Welton as Klingsor were also acclaimed with enthusiasm.
To coincide with the Parsifal premiere in China, a new patrons’ association was established: the China Friends of the Salzburg Easter Festival, which, under the Honorary Presidency of Lady Linda Wong Davies, forges links between the Chinese audience and the Salzburg Easter Festival.
„We would like to express our deep gratitude to the Beijing Music Festival and all the collaborators who contributed to the first performance of Parsifal in China, and wish to congratulate everybody on this enormous success“, said Peter Alward, the Intendant and Managing Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival in Beijing.“
„We are very happy that this co-production, together with the foundation of the China Friends, establishes a new alliance between the Chinese audience and the Salzburg Easter Festival“, said Bernd Gaubiger, the Managing Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival.