The third act of Richard Wagner’s last opera Parsifal will be performed in concerts taking place at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest on May 14 and May 15, starting 19.00. This is the first local performance of the piece in more than 80 years.

Romanian audiences had the opportunity to listen to the music of Wagner’s Parsifal only on two occasions before. The first time in March 1915 at the National Theater, when the third act was played under the direction of George Enescu, and the second time in October 1931 at the Bucharest Opera, when George Georgescu led the orchestra playing the entire opera.

Christian Badea, who will be conducting the orchestra, studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He performed as conductor of both opera and symphonic repertoires. He delivered over 160 performances with The Metropolitan Opera in New York, as well as many productions at the Royal Opera in London, the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, Copenhagen Opera, Stockholm Opera and Sydney Opera. His recording of Samuel Barber’s opera Antony and Cleopatra received a Grammy in 1985.

Tickets are priced RON 90 to RON 100 and are available at the Romanian Athenaeum box office.

Photo credits: Virgil Oprina