The first time I saw Parsifal I was at first confused, then rolling on the floor laughing.
then you really missed the point, didn't you?
If I have to concern myself to much with a "point" in a music theater production, it probably isn't worth my time and is often indicative of a problem with the work being presented. Maybe that's why I found Wagner, and much of later German opera so funny.
And Opus has a point as well; if you have a person who is so tied to a message, you may as well respect that as part of the work. Wagner is a new age goofball guru with a sick message, and he demanded that his audience participate in that message. Opus gives Wagner more respect than I do, because I don't care about messages all that much - and I don't give Wagner's the time of day he damands for his. If I did, I'd probably be a fan of Christian Rock. I do respect Wagner as an artist in so much as he is unavoidable in his influence, which if I had to guess is a bit regressive - but such things are impossible to determine. As Ghengis Khan is to history, Wagner is to music.
I wonder if there is a similarity, or perhaps a gene that occupies many Wagnerites and Heavy Metal fans..if it's a gene, I don't have it, I don't "get" it, nor do I want to. I don't have that kind of profundity. And while it is discouraging that heavy metal is big right now, it is encouraging that Verdi is more popular than Wagner.