Sunday 29 September 2019: Members report back from Bayreuth & other Wagner performances seen in 2019

Sunday 29 September 2019
12.00pm: DVD – The Searchers of the Grail

2.00pm: Please come along for a Bavarian beer, sauerkraut and sausage and join with other members to informally talk about this year's Bayreuth Festival and other memorable performances attended in 2019.


Goethe Institut, 90 Ocean Street (cnr Jersey Road), Woollahra
Members $25 / Guests $30 / Students fulltime $10

 12.00pm: DVD – The Searchers of the Grail

Grail dvd



A documentary by Tony Palmer. (1997) Starting with a Kirov Opera production of Parsifal conducted by Valery Gergiev and starring Plácido Domingo in the title role, Violetta Urmana as Kundry, Nikolai Putilin as Klingsor and Matti Salminen as Gurnemanz the film takes us to the gardens of the Villa Rufolo in Ravello, Italy, which had been a principal source of inspiration for Wagner; on to the actual stage in Bayreuth for a rare interview with Wolfgang Wagner, the composer’s grandson, and finally to Hollywood and Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones”. In an impressive way, Palmer weaves together documentary, fiction and the everlasting spell of the myth of the Holy Grail.