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David Alden directs Wagner’s great Romantic opera.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Lohengrin. It was last on stage 7 June—1 July 2018 as part of the Summer 2017/18 season.

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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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 sets his production of Lohengrin in a bombed-out city, and depicts a chaotic, war-torn and politically divided society in which the people crave a strong leader and a sense of purpose.

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