Parsifal is a German opera by composer Richard Wagner and is based on literary sources detailing the Arthurian legend of Sir Percival and his quest for the Holy Grail. Taking over 25 years to complete, Parsifal was Wagner's last completed opera and perhaps one of his most musically and theatrically complex. Wagner's vision for Parsifal was not so much as an opera, but as a "Bühnenweihfestspiel," or a "Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage." The work prompted Wagner to require that the opera be performed only on stage at his headquarters in the German town of Bayreuth. Wagner also began the tradition of instructing audiences to cease from applauding until the end of the opera, effectively banning all curtain calls until the opera had finished - a tradition which never truly caught on outside of Bayreuth, with the exception of New York's Metropolitan Opera. All in all, Parsifal represents a cumulative effort on the part of Richard Wagner as the expression of all he had wished to see come to pass in music and art, and as a result, became one of his most influential, as well as controversial operas.
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