The Undead in Monsalvat
Clearly the 21st century obsession with zombies and other members of the undead fraternity is not a recent phenomenon. Rather, it is a fascination that has persisted for centuries, if not millennia. Constance attended the Live in HD performance by the Metropolitan Opera at the Star Cinema in Sidney again today. Today’s presentation was Wagner’s six hour long Parsifal. This is an opera rife with things that will not die, and if volume of blood on screen (approximately 5,000 liters) is any indication, this is the new pinnacle of splatter movies.
We won’t attempt to explain the plot, described by the New York Times reviewer as “among the most metaphysical, ambiguous and profound, if inexplicable operas ever written”. The unambiguous cups of tea and pizza during the intermissions were a very welcome break from all the unremitting gloom.