Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcasts continue on Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, May 31, with a performance of Parsifal by Richard Wagner.

The story of Parsifal is based on Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, an epic 13th century poem about the Arthurian knight Parzival (Percival) and his quest for the Holy Grail, and on Chrétien de Troyes' Perceval, the Story of the Grail.

Composer Claude Debussy declared Parsifal to be “one of the most beautiful monuments erected to the eternal glory of music.” Conflicts between the sacred and the profane, and the carnal and the spiritual are the central themes of this epic work. Parsifal exudes emotional fervor and spirituality, and its multifaceted characters provide endless food for thought.

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the performance, which will be sung in German and will run approximately four hours and forty-five minutes.

Kundry: Daveda Karanas
Parsifal: Paul Groves
Amfortas: Thomas Hampson
Klingsor: Tómas Tómasson
Gurnemanz: Kwangchul Youn