Flower Maidens

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(Wagner: Parsifal). Six sops. These maidens live in Klingsor's magic garden, trying to seduce the Knights of the Grail and interest them in earthly pleasures. When Parsifal meets them, they tease him, but once they realize he is quite happy to play with them, they try to seduce him. They fight among themselves, each claiming to be the most beautiful. When Kundry calls to Parsifal, they metaphorically spring to attention, leaving him and returning to their castle. Created (1882) by Fräulein Horsen, Meta, Pringle, André, Galfy, and Belce (and in the programme for the première they were designated ‘Klingsor's Zaubermädchen’, i.e. Klingsor's Magic Maidens).

Subjects: Opera.

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