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Clark to Broadcast Met Production of Parsifal in HD

For Immediate Release

February 21, 2013

Williamstown, MA—On Saturday, March 2 at 12 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s Met: Live in HD series continues with a broadcast of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal, conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by noted film and opera director François Girard in his Met debut. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students) and may be ordered online or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638).

The opera tells the story of the Knights of the Holy Grail and ailing King Amfortas, who suffers from a wound prophesied to be curable only by an innocent youth—Parsifal, who must overcome tremendous obstacles in his quest to save the brotherhood of the Grail.

Parsifal is not just an opera—it’s a mission,” Girard says. “At the end of his life, Wagner was trying to reconcile all the aspects of his spirituality. It’s a sacred piece in the history of music.”

Jonas Kaufmann stars as the title character. The cast also features Katarina Dalayman as Kundry, the mystical woman who tempts Parsifal; Peter Mattei as Amfortas, king of the Knights of the Holy Grail; René Pape in one of his greatest roles, the wise old knight Gurnemanz; and Evgeny Nikitin as the magician Klingsor.

Approximate running time is 320 minutes.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

PRESS CONTACT:

Amanda Powers
The Clark
413 458 0471
apowers@clarkart.edu

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