“Parsifal” by Richard Wagner in an event-show at the Romanian Athenaeum

On October 7 and 8, 2016, at the Romanian Athenaeum, Christian Badea, the most important and the most well-known Romanian opera conductor in the world and the Romanian Foundation for Excellence in Music, in association with “George Enescu” Philharmonic and with the Romanian Cultural Institute, present two show-concerts with the Act I of the PARSIFAL opera, by Richard Wagner.

The audience will enjoy two high class artistic shows, held by worldwide famous artists. Under the master Christian Badea’s baton will perform the orchestra and the coir of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic and the invited soloists Stefan Vinke (Parsifal), Eric Halfvarson (Gurnemanz), Petra Lang (Kundry), Bela Perencz (Amfortas), deemed to be among the greatest Wagner interpreters of our days.

“Wagner is very rarely performed in Romania. There is no tradition to this end and no singing school to form soloists for this repertoire. From this point of view, Romania is far behind the European countries having a cultural tradition, but I was glad to notice that there is a potential of extraordinary musical and style affinity which the “George Enescu” Philharmonic orchestra and choir have for Wagner’s music. The project called “Parsifal at the Romanian Athenaeum”, initiated on May 2015, is a start for building a tradition of the Wagner style in Romani, involving Romanian artists in cooperation with famous artists abroad, in order to familiarize the audience with the works of the great German composer”, stated conductor Christian Badea.

The event-concerts called “Parsifal at the Romanian Athenaeum” are a new and unique concept both in Romania and in the world. They present Wagner’s creations in a show where the public is in the middle of the action, naturally combining musical components (orchestra, choir, soloists) with complex theater elements (lights, scenery, costumes, special visual and sound effects), using the acoustic and architectural features of the Athenaeum’s hall. Thus, the 60 members of the male choir will sing in a circle including the public, having a 360-degree acoustic and visual perspective.

“The opening of the 2016-2017 season in October will be for sure an aristocratic event, reaching the level of the biggest musical stages in the World” underlined the General manager of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic, Andrei Dimitriu.

“Parsifal at the Romanian Athenaeum” supports Bucharest 20121 – a candidate city to the title of the European Capital of the Culture. For more details, please access


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