Christian inflected symbolism, Buddhist ideas and the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer are blended in Wagner's ambitious drama. The master of Bayreuth labelled his work a "Bühnenweihfestspiel", a festival drama with a religious aura, in which art takes on the function of a religious revelation. For her production of 'Parsifal' at Opera Vlaanderen in the Wagner year 2013, director Tatjana Gürbaca was awarded the Opera Award for Best Wagner Anniversary Production in London. The production was also picked by Opernwelt as best production of the 2012-2013 season and Tatjana herself was crowned the season's best director.
The orchestra will be led by the young German maestro Cornelius Meister. The role of Parsifal will be performed by the American tenor and Wagner specialist Erin Caves. With the German mezzosoprano Tanja Ariane Baumgartner in the role of Kundry, expectations are running high.