Boy Meets Grail: Seattle Opera's Parsifal

Last August, Seattle Opera embarked on a double gamble, with a new opera house and a new production of Parsifal, Richard Wagner's final and complex opera, opening at the same time. While the new Marion Olivier McCaw Hall (see page 26) had been acclaimed by patrons at a gala in June, it had not yet been tested for opera. And what an opera with which to open the house!

“It is rarely produced outside of the composer's own home of Bayreuth, and when it is, it invariably draws top a

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