“Filmed in 200 locations throughout Europe, many where the actual historical events took place, this epic film was made in 1982/3 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Wagner’s death. This is a fitting tribute to his genius.
Richard Burton plays the lead role, completed merely a year before his untimely death but the stellar cast assembled partly because of him – Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Sir Ralph Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Andrew Cruickshank, the list is endless.
Burton is perfect as this smouldering genius ages, with his peremptory air and abrupt, biting speech. The film rivals The Ring in its length and sweep, has an incredible dramatic and operatic cast, and Wagner’s music, which underscores the action, is conducted by the late Sir George Solti.
The great thing about Tony Palmer’s film is that, on its epic scale, it takes over from real life and makes you submit totally. Richard Burton was the very embodiment of Wagner. This film is one of the truly great experiences of the cinema.”
Make a day of it by enjoying lunch at dinner at the charming House Cafe at Cork Opera House.
Lunch (Soup, Sandwich & Coffee) + Ticket: €17
Lunch (Soup, Sandwich & Coffee) + Dinner (Stew) + Ticket: €23.50
Those who have booked tickets already can avail of these packages at House Cafe on the day.