Historic Parsifal Production Query
In the hope of having gotten the right forum sub-section:
Master Therion wrote in the Book of Thoth (chapter pertaining to Atu 0) that "the dramatic production of Wagner's "Parsifal" was arranged by the then head of the OTO." Does anybody know who did the production, where (in Bayreuth?) and in what year? (If in Bayreuth then in all likelihood pre 1941, as that was the year the Nazis took the place over.)
I am convinced that of all of Wagner's operas, Parsifal is, from an occult viewpoint, by far the most esoteric and important one. Should the location be Bayreuth, I'd be happy to start digging! 😀
This has nothing to do with Beruit [sic] or Wagner or Germany or Productions.
THE CHALICE OF ECSTASY
A MAGICAL AND QABALISTIC INTERPRETATION OF THE DRAMA OF
A COMPANION OF THE HOLY GRAIL SOMETIMES CALLED
is a small book well-known to Thelemites.
No, Shiva, it was a reference to Theodor Reuss.
See, for example, http://www.parareligion.ch/dplanet/html/parsifal.htm
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Sorry about that. My word "This" meant this post of mine, not this topic that was introduced. Let me re-phrase my statement:
This post of mine that I am now starting has nothing to do with Beruit [sic - a clever word play that has no productive value] or Wagner or Germany or Productions. Well, maybe all of those, but the point is I'm going to point at a book on this subject.
However, I just wanted to highlight Achad's "Parzival," because some people might not have read it.
Nothing herein assists the original poster in his quest, so my reponse is so off-topic that it can be called "off-topic," and that is why it went astray and caused confusion, but it isn't off-topic completely because of the (sub)title of the book and the opera.
If you (anybody) haven't read the book, I recommend it. If you know anything about the operatic side, please respond - because I don't know anything about German operas.
OK, so the producer was Reuss. Do we know the year of the production and the opera house? If so, it should be possible to dig up photos of the stage-set, the costumes, etc.
Not entirely sure about him being "the producer". The Encyclopedia Thelemics here - http://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Theodor_Reuss - states: "He was a professional singer in his youth, and was privileged to work under Richard Wagner, whom he first met, along with Wagner's patron, King Ludwig II of Bavaria, in 1873. He took part in the first performance of Wagner's Parsifal at Bayreuth in 1882."
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