• Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns
  • Copyright Vlaamse Opera / Annemie Augustijns



Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)

From 26/03/2013 in Antwerp - from 20/04/2013 in Ghent

  • Eliahu Inbal
  • Daniel Inbal
  • Tatjana Gürbaca
  • Zoran Todorovich
  • Susan Maclean
  • Werner Van Mechelen
  • Musical direction: Eliahu Inbal / Daniel Inbal
  • Director: Tatjana Gürbaca
  • Parsifal: Zoran Todorovich
  • Kundry: Susan Maclean
  • Gurnemanz: Georg Zeppenfeld
  • Amfortas: Werner Van Mechelen

Messiah without a mission

During the Wagner Year the Flanders Opera will once again respect the time-honoured tradition of staging Parsifal at Easter. A community of drifting knights with the shared goal of the mysterious Grail are waiting for a saviour. Their leader Amfortas allows himself to be seduced by a handmaiden of the outcast Klingsor. Parsifal then appears, full of innocence but with good intentions. Is he the ‘pure fool’ who can heal Amfortas?

In an unearthly story, suffused with Christian symbolism, Wagner summarized his moral philosophy at the end of his life. He worked for 25 years on this mythical opera and it was also his last. The almost sacred music literally takes you into another world. No other opera is so susceptible to different interpretations as this epic, which lasts for more than 5 hours. Tatjana Gürbaca takes on the challenge.

Coproduction with Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg

Read the full synopsis as pdf


Length: 5 h 15 min (incl. breaks).

Language: German. Surtitles: Dutch.

Attention: due to illness Zoran Todorovich will be replaced in the role of Parsifal by Jeffrey Dowd on 5 April.

Tickets from € 14.00 to € 103.00


Following the idiosyncratic approach to the Tchaikovsky cycle that she presented at the Flanders Opera, the German Tatjana Gürbaca returns once again for this more arduous task. The outstanding British-Israeli conductor Eliahu Inbal has built up a substantial international reputation. The title role is performed by star tenor Zoran Todorovich. Last year he thrilled audiences with his performance as Jean in Hérodiade. Susan Maclean, a rising star in Bayreuth, plays the role of Kundry and Amfortas is our own talented singer, Werner Van Mechelen.



Parsifal - trailer
Parsifal Warm-up
Parsifal - teaser


Prelude / Parsifal
‘Nur ein Waffe taugt’ / Parsifal


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