Classical Music

Markus Stenz leads BSO in radiant excerpts from Wagner's 'Parsifal'

Markus Stenz leads BSO in radiant excerpts from Wagner's 'Parsifal'

Markus Stenz, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s principal guest conductor, can be counted on to generate vivifying performances of great repertoire. He’s doing it again in his latest visit.

Given how infrequently the music of Wagner turns up in Baltimore, it is particularly gratifying to find substantive selections from the composer’s last opera, “Parsifal,” making up the second half of the program.

There are only two vocal excerpts, focusing on the character of Amfortas, the knight of the Grail who suffers from a wound that will not heal. The opera’s title character, an innocent “fool” who holds the key to making things whole again, emerges in spirit, so to speak, from the...

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