Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House


Jonas Kaufmann is the greatest tenor of our time, and he returns to the Sydney Opera House to perform one of opera's most challenging roles in a rare concert performance of Wagner's final opera.

The power and majesty of Wagner's music needs massive orchestral forces. Released from the orchestra pit to fill the stage, the Opera Australia Orchestra, under conductor Pinchas Steinberg, will be something to behold.

In a story drawn from the Arthurian legends of holy relics, enchanted maidens and faithful knights, the fate of the knights rest on the shoulders of a pure fool, Parsifal. Kaufmann describes the opera as a "transcendent journey led by the music".

From the first, unsettling notes of the prelude, the music makes you believe in something, he says, and it doesn't really matter what. "It's written perfectly. Wagner takes your hand and leads you into this mysterious world, and you stay there for hours but you don't realise the time has gone by."

Lean back, give in to the music, and something extraordinary can happen, Kaufmann says.


A pure fool made wise to save the Knights of the Holy Grail.

A spear with the power to heal and destroy.

Music to make you believe.

Jonas Kaufmann: an interview

Jonas Kaufmann can remember the moment he knew he'd 'made it', in almost filmic detail. It was the night of his Metropolitan Opera debut, and he was standing in the wings waiting to take his solo curtain call. Singing Alfredo opposite Angela Gheorghiu in her signature role, Violetta in La Traviata, Kaufmann was vividly aware that everyone had come to see her.

Conductor Pinchas Steinberg
Director Hugh Halliday
Lighting Designer John Rayment
Parsifal Jonas Kaufmann
Kundry Michelle DeYoung
Amfortas Michael Honeyman
Klingsor Warwick Fyfe
Gurnemanz Kwangchul Youn
Titurel David Parkin
Flower Maidens Stacey Alleaume
  Jane Ede
  Anna Dowsley
  Eva Kong
  Julie Lea Goodwin
  Dominica Matthews
Alto Solo Anna Dowsley
Esquires Eva Kong
  Anna Dowsley
  Graeme Macfarlane
  Simon Kim
Knights Dean Bassett
  Alexander Hargreaves

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra

Running time: approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes, including two intervals.

Act I 1 hour & 45 minutes
interval 45 minutes
Act II 1 hour & 5 minutes
interval 30 minutes
Act III 1 hour & 15 minutes

All timings are approximate, and subject to change.

For evening performances, the first interval will be at approximately 7:45pm for 45 minutes. For the matinee, the first interval will be at approximately 3:45pm.

There are a number of food options available at the Sydney Opera House before the performance and at interval.

Sung in German with English surtitles.

The storyHide

The knights of the Holy Grail are in despair as their leader Amfortas suffers from an incurable wound. When the young Parsifal wanders into their midst, they wonder if he could be the 'pure fool' of their prophecies, the one who will heal their community and restore glory to the knights of the grail.

But Parsifal knows almost nothing — not even his own name. In a magical garden filled with beautiful women, he encounters the magician who bested Amfortas with a holy spear. As a beautiful woman attempts to seduce him, like she seduced Amfortas many years ago, Parsifal learns about pain and compassion.

Can he resist the woman and defeat the magician to save the knights? And if he does, can he find his way back to the knights?


In the Western Foyers near the theatres

Two courses for $49

Concert Hall Southern Foyer

Open from one hour before the concert

Chef's soup, Sonoma bread, Pepe Saya butter $12
Beef Bourguignon pie, accompanying salad, relish $15
Salad, sandwich, bottled water $25
Cheese pack, charcuterie pack, carafe of wine (for two) $50

Plus the usual snacks.

Opera Bar & Opera Kitchen

Open before all performances.

The Lounge

near the Box Office

Open before all performances.


Open for lunch on Saturday only. 

Concert Hall Southern Foyer

Chef's soup, Sonoma bread, Pepe Saya butter $12
Beef Bourguignon pie, accompanying Salad, relish $15
Salad, sandwich, bottled water $25
Cheese pack, charcuterie pack, carafe of wine (for two) $50

Plus the usually available snacks

Concert Hall Northern Foyer

Only the upper level of the Northern Foyer will be open

Cheese pack, charcuterie pack, carafe of wine (for two) $50
Snack Pack: two bottles of water & two bar snacks $20
Espresso martini $18
Sydney Opera House 'Gold Signature' layered opera cake $8.50
Espresso martini & cake $25

Sandwiches and other snacks will also be available

The Lounge

near the Box Office

Open during the first interval

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