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Gurnemanz in Parsifal may be the longest of all bass roles, on stage for all of act 1 (almost 2 hours in itself) and most of act 3. He does almost nothing in the opera except talk, but a fine singing actor, one who knows how to act with the voice, can reveal him to be a lovable and commanding character. I would love to have seen Hans Hotter in the part, but fortunately we have recordings of his noble interpretation at Bayreuth in the '60s.
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