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Parsifal (tenor Jonas Kaufmann) encounters the sorcerer's Flower Maidens.

Puerto Vallarta opera lovers will be able to enjoy a double treat at Teatro Vallarta on the first weekend of March. On Saturday, March 2, Teatro Vallarta will offer the MET’s Live in HD broadcast of Richard Wagner’s epic opera, Parsifal, starting at 11 am, instead of noon, due to the length of the opera. Then, on Sunday, March 3rd, another live broadcast will be presented, this time from Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, where the Bellas Artes Orchestra and Chorus will feature a special concert commemorating Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th anniversary.

Loosely based on Wolfram von Echenbach’s 13th century poem Parzival, about the Arthurian knight and his quest for the Holy Grail, Parsifal is considered one of the most profound and ambiguous operas ever written. With an approximate running time of 5 hrs. 35 min., the Met’s new production by François Girard, starring tenor Jonas Kaufmann, soprano Katarina Dalayman, baritone Peter Mattei, bass baritone Evgeny Nikitin and bass René Pape, has been considered “A magnificent new production... an exquisite pleasure for the eye and ear, also food for the soul.” by the New York Post.

Sunday’s live broadcast from Mexico City’s stunning Palacio de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Palace) starts at 5 pm, and consists of a concert staging featuring selections from four Verdi operas, Don Carlo, Un Ballo In Maschera, Simon Boccanegra, and Il Trovatore, showcasing members from Bellas Artes’ opera company, along with acclaimed Mexican operatic tenor, Ramón Vargas, whose international debut took place in 1992 at The Met, followed by a succesful performance at La Scala in 1993.

As in past Met screenings at Teatro Vallarta, Vallarta Lifestyles managing editor, Paco Ojeda, will offer a free lecture on Parsifal in English, prior to the performance, this time at 10 am. Tickets for The Met’s screening are $250 pesos per person, $150 for students and teachers. Tickets for the Bellas Artes broadcast are $150 pesos per person, and those holding ticket stubs from The Met’s broadcast pay only $100 pesos.

More information is available at Teatro Vallarta’s website.

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