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Very interesting review of Bayreuth's new Parsifal production. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/arts/music/review-a-sublime-and-provocative-parsifal-at-bayreuth-festival-wagner.html?emc=eta1&_r=0 Parsifal IS sublime and provocative.
Looks as if it could be worse,considering. But why exactly is "provocative" so often touted as an artistic virtue? It doesn't imply meaning, worth or validity of any kind. A punch in the eye would provoke me, without doing much for my artistic vision....