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Lohengrin

Richard Wagner 1813–1883

Romantic opera in 3 acts
Libretto by the composer
First performed August 28 1850, Hoftheater, Weimar

This production first seen May 3 2009
Sung in German with German & English surtitles

Introduction (on video, in German) will appear here and on YouTube shortly before opening night

"The coming together between the supernatural and human nature, and the impossibility of it lasting"  ̶  is how Richard Wagner described Lohengrin, into which he wove Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival epic and ideas from the Brothers Grimm and other collections of fairy tales. Jens-Daniel Herzog's production transposes the tale from the Middle Ages into the 20th century, into an artificial paradise in which dream worlds and existential fears collide. The focus - the traumatisation of a young woman accused of being responsible for her little brother's death. Lohengrin, a knight of the Grail, comes to her aid on condition that she never ask him what his name is. Evil forces combine to make Elsa ask the forbidden question … Written at a time of revolutionary upheaval in the 19th century, the score marks a turning point in Wagner's work, turning his long held dream of a through-composed opera into reality.