Production Image of Lohengrin, The Royal Opera ©2018 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda


19 April14 May 2022
The performance lasts about 4 hours 30 minutes, including two intervals.
Main Stage
Opera and music

David Alden’s acclaimed staging of Wagner’s early masterpiece, first seen in 2018, places the opera in the timeless setting of a bombed-out city – a dystopian world threatened from outside, where the people are looking for both a sense of direction and a new leader.

American heldentenor Brandon Jovanovich leads the cast as the mysterious ‘swan knight’ Lohengrin, sent to defend the accused Elsa von Brabant, under the condition that she must never ask his true identity. Former Jette Parker Young Artists Jennifer Davis and Kostas Smoriginas return to Covent Garden as Elsa and the wicked Friedrich von Telramund, while Anna Smirnova and Maida Hundeling share the role of Telramund’s evil wife Ortrud. Jakub Hrůša conducts.

Sung in German with English surtitles

Season Principal

Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Aud Jebsen, Bertrand and Elisabeth Meunier, The Wagner Circle, the Lohengrin Production Syndicate and an anonymous donor.

A co-production with:

Opera Vlaanderen



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. 

Elsa finally demands to know the knight’s identity. He reveals he is Lohengrin, a knight of the Grail. Now his name is known, he can no longer stay with Elsa. Gottfried returns, but Lohengrin leaves and Elsa falls lifeless to the ground.


Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.


CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicRichard Wagner

LibrettoRichard Wagner

DirectorDavid Alden

Set designerPaul Steinberg

Costume designerGideon Davey

Lighting designerAdam Silverman

Video designerTal Rosner

Movement directorMaxine Braham


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