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Jan. 19 -  Feb. 4, 2024

A journey through time

Wagnerites from around the world will descend upon Houston when HGO presents Parsifal, the composer’s final opera, full of shimmeringly beautiful music and spiritual and philosophical exploration. The revered masterpiece takes audiences on a mystical journey through a realm where time has no meaning and a group of knights are trying to protect the Holy Grail and their wounded king, Amfortas. He can only be healed by an innocent fool—the titular protagonist—but first Parsifal must undertake a quest to reclaim the Holy Spear, enduring tests including an attempted seduction by a bevy of gorgeous women. The opera will be presented in a stunning, sensual, colorful production from Tony Award-winning director John Caird. HGO Principal Guest Conductor Eun Sun Kim leads a cast of extraordinary Wagnerians including tenor Russell Thomas as Parsifal, soprano Christine Goerke as Kundry, bass Kwangchul Youn as Gurnemanz, and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as Amfortas.

A Production of Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
  • Language
    Sung in German with projected English translation.

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Cast & Creative


Russell Thomas


Kwangchul Youn


Christine Goerke


Ryan McKinny


Andrea Silvestrelli


André Courville


Meryl Dominguez

First Esquire / Flower Maiden

Ani Kushyan

Second Esquire / Flower Maiden

Demetrious Sampson

Third Esquire

Michael McDermott

Fourth Esquire

Lunga Eric Hallam

First Knight

Erin Wagner

Flower Maiden / Voice From Above

Renée Richardson

Flower Maiden

Creative Team

Eun Sun Kim

Principal Guest Conductor

Patrick Summers

Rehearsal Cover Conductor

John Caird


Johan Engels

Original Scenic Designer and Costume Designer

David Farley

Associate Scenic Designer

Duane Schuler

Original Lighting Designer

Michael James Clark 

Revival Lighting Designer

Tim Claydon


Richard Bado

Chorus Director

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus

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