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Performance of the First Act of Wagner's Opera. " PARSIFAL


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Tituret and his Knights of the Holv Grail have founded a temple for the service of the spear which wounded Christ, and the cup. blessed by Him, which caught the blood from His wounded side, and Titurel has appointed his son. Amfortas, Keeper of the Grail. Klingsor, a magician, angered at having been expelled from the Brotherhood, has compelled Kundry, woman who had laughed at Christ and must wander till her sin is expiated, so to tempt Amfortas that he, when in combat with Klingsor, has his attention distracted and is wounded by the sacred spear.
Act I.-In the forest of Montsalvat, by the temple of the Holy Grail. Gurnemanz, Keeper of the Gate, tells of the grievous condition of Amfortas, whose wound refuses to heal and is doubly painful, when lie tries to celebrate Holy Communion, and service in the Temple is, in consequence, being neglected. Amfortas, borno in on a litter, is tended by the repentant Kundry, but it is written that ho may not find relief until touched by the sacred spear in the hands of the Guileless One, whom they await. When Amfortas has gone, a wounded swan falls to the ground and while the Keepers rail at the desecration, a lad enters to claim his quarry. This lad, Parsifal, informed of the gravity of his offence, is penitent, and forgiven by Ournemanz, is taken into service at the Temple, but his utter ignorance so annoys his superior that he is ordered to leave the sacred precincts.


Soloists: Herbert A. Carruthers.

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