Syberberg's idea of using a recording of Wagner's "Parsifal" as background for the actors (with their mimicked singing) leads to fantastic scenic ideas which you never find on the opera stage - like the play with gender ambiguity and Parsifal's transformation into a woman in the second act. Furthermore, the powerful staging relies on some of the visual metaphors Syberberg has introduced in his Hitler film.
Syberberg's kitsch cornucopia achieves here rare heights of grandeur, as he indulges in an exaltation of German mysticism honoring 'Lebensphilosophie' to the fullest! In line with 'Hitler', he musters a variety of dazzling techniques (back projections, puppets, long takes) that utilize all sorts of symbolisms (swastikas included). Parsifal is androgynously casted and the great E.Clever plays Kundry. Extraordinary!