Wagner : Parsifal

Ginebra, Gran Theatre, Geneve., 1981 (Audio)

Director: Horst Stein

  • Kurt Rydl (Titurel)
  • Jon Vickers (Parsifal)
  • Yvonne Minton (Kundry)
  • Tom Krause (Amfortas)
  • Peter Meven (Gurnemanz)

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    Jon Vickers studied with George Lambert at The Royal Conservatory of Music and sang professionally in Canada from the early- to mid-1950s.
    His international career began with his 1957 Covent Garden Riccardo in Verdi's Ballo in maschera. He continued to appear there into the 1980s, putting his personal stamp on the roles of Aeneas in Les Troyens, Radames in Aida, Don Carlos, Handel's Samson, Florestan in Fidelio, Tristan in Tristan und Isolde, Canio in Pagliacci, and the title role in Britten's Peter Grimes.

    He debuted at Bayreuth in 1958 as Siegmund in Die Walküre and sang Parsifal there in 1964.
    His debut role at the Metropolitan Opera in 1960 was Canio in Pagliacci. He appeared at the Met for 20 subsequent seasons in more than 225 performances of 16 roles, including Don Jose, Erik in The Flying Dutchman, Herman in Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades, the Samsons of both Handel and Saint-Saëns, Don Alvaro in La forza del destino, and Tristan.
    At the ROH Covent Garden in London he sang Tristan, Britten's Peter Grimes (and changed the concept of this part forever),[citation needed] Handel's Samson - and, above all, Énée in Berlioz' epic opera Les Troyens. He later recorded Énée with Sir Colin Davis. In 1959 he was the tenor in a legendary and controversial recording of Handel's Messiah with Thomas Beecham.

    Although scheduled to sing Tannhäuser at Covent Garden in the late 1970s, Vickers dropped out, claiming he could not empathize with the character. He did, however, sing Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Paris Opéra, plus Alvaro in La forza del destino at the Met (1975).
    His roles also included Don Carlo, Andrea Chenier and Samson. Many critics praised his interpretation of Verdi's Otello, which he also recorded in 1960 (with Tullio Serafin) and 1973 (with Herbert von Karajan).
    Vickers filmed Otello with Karajan and later sang the role in a "Live from the Met" telecast in 1978.

    Vickers starred in made-for-television films of his Pagliacci and Otello, both conducted by Herbert von Karajan, and premiered the 1978 season of Live from the Met with Otello.

    Vickers also sang at the 'home' of Italian opera, Milan's La Scala, as well as in the major opera houses of Chicago, San Francisco and Salzburg. He retired in 1988.

    In 1998, following his retirement from singing, he made his first recording as a reciter, in Richard Strauss's melodrama Enoch Arden, accompanied on piano by Marc-André Hamelin.

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