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Lohengrin

7 June—1 July 2018
Main Stage

Wagner’s great romantic opera is conducted by Andris Nelsons with a cast including Klaus Florian Vogt, Kristine Opolais and Christine Goerke in a new production directed by David Alden.

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The Story

Elsa’s brother Gottfried has disappeared. Her prayers for a champion are answered by the appearance of the mysterious Swan Knight. But the malicious Telramund and his sorceress wife Ortrud convince Elsa to ask the knight’s name – a question that will force him to leave her.

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Background

Lohengrin was the first fruit of Wagner’s fascination with the Holy Grail myths of Arthurian legend, the end point of which would be his final masterpiece Parsifal. Written between Tannhäuser and the first operas of the Ring cycle, Lohengrin marks a turning point as Wagner moves from conventional operatic form to the music dramas of his mature style. The two forms combine in Lohengrin to create a work of fervent music imagination and great dramatic power.

David Alden directs a new production of this masterpiece from Wagner’s early maturity, The Royal Opera’s first since 1977. Alden’s vision for Lohengrin situates the opera in a bombed-out city: a dystopian world threatened from outside, where the people crave both a sense of direction and a leader.