Wagner: Parsifal (Bayreuth, 1981)
There was a new production by Wolfgang Wagner at the Bayreuth Festival nearly every year between 1953 and 2002. After World War II, the long-time festival director, together with his brother Wieland, had defined the aesthetic of the so-called "New Bayreuth", which was characterized by a symbolism and the innovative use of images and light. This production of Parsifal remains faithful to this aesthetic principle and at the same time becomes a celebration of the many great singers who were regulars in Bayreuth at the time: alongside Siegfried Jerusalem in the title role and Bernd Weikl as Amfortas, bass Hans Sotin sings the role of Gurnemanz, a role he performed on the Green Hill almost every summer for 24 years.
- Heinz Klaus Ecker (Bass), Martin Egel (Baritone), Mari Anne Häggander (Soprano), Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor), Toni Krämer (Tenor), Margit Neubauer (Mezzo-Soprano), Helmut Pampuch (Tenor), Carol Richardson (Actor/Singer), Leif Roar (Bass), Matti Salminen (Bass), Marga Schiml (Mezzo-Soprano), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo-Soprano), Norma Sharp (Soprano), Hans Sotin (Bass), Bernd Weikl (Baritone)
- Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
- Horst Stein