36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 245: A ginormous opera


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 245 — A ginormous opera
03-April-1972 (Montag–Mon.)


A holiday. So most stores are closed. Couldn’t work on electronic music, so practiced instead. Not a bad session. At night, or rather in the afternoon, went to see
Parsifal by Wagner. I am not sure whether it is more proper to call it an opera or an endurance test. But the singing was extremely good. It was very enjoyable. Still, the 4-1/2 to 5 hours made me tired.


Holiday. It is some type of national holiday in Austria. The stores and school are closed. I take in Wagner’s Parsifal. An early performance, since it’s almost 5 hours long. Enjoyable but long. Very long. Ginormous in 2009 lingo.

The word
ginormous didn’t exist in 1972. It probably doesn’t exist in 2009 either.


Wagner’s Parsifal
Here’s an excerpt from Parsifal: Act III, with English subtitles—it’s a film.


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