Stage director Michael Schulz heaps a big load of pseudoprofound nonsense on top of Wagner's feeble-minded Parsifal libretto. However, if you give up all ambition of making sense of what is happening on stage, and resolutely assume that Wagner's sole redeeming value is his music, this BD will procure you four hours of considerable pleasure.
For the soundtrack is extraordinarily good and more than compensates for the stage director's silly affectations. The Dresdner Staatskapelle and the Saxonian and Bavarian Choruses, conducted by Christian Thielemann, play and sing Wagner's beautiful score with exceptional clarity and precision. Johan Botha does not act, let alone look like a legendary medieval hero, but sings his part with a marvelous voice; Michaela Schuster plays and sings the Kundry role innovatively and convincingly; and Stephen Milling's clever and serene Gurnemanz dominates the first and the third acts. Moreover, if one succeeds in forgetting the intended meaning of the symbols on stage, the colors, the lights, the costumes yield at all times a visually very agreeable spectacle.
Since I do not care at all for the plot of this opera --were it not for the music I would happily drop it and the Ring into the trash can of history-- I have assigned five stars to this BD, in the understanding that not a single one of them was earned by Michael Schulz.