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Work: Lohengrin

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ComposerWagner, Richard (1813-1883)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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MadridBryn Terfel

Wagner, Boito, Weill, Rodgers, Bock
Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real; Josep Caballé-Domenech; Sir Bryn Terfel

BerlinLohengrin

Lohengrin
Wagner: Lohengrin
Justin Brown; Kasper Holten; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Donald Runnicles; Steffen Aarfing; Klaus Florian Vogt

St PetersburgLohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin
Valery Gergiev; Marina Mishuk; Mariinsky Opera; Yevgeny Lysyk; Oksana Zinchenko; Sergei Skorokhodov; Tatiana Pavlovskaya

PragueLohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin
Constantin Trinks; Wolfgang Wagner; Prague National Theatre Opera; Thomas Kaiser; Aleš Briscein; Charles Kim

NurembergLohengrinNew production

Wagner: Lohengrin
Joana Mallwitz; David Hermann; Staatstheater Nürnberg; Tarmo Vaask; Chor des Staatstheater Nürnberg; Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg
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Swan cruise: Lohengrin at Covent Garden

Jennifer Davis (Elsa) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © ROH | Clive Barda
David Alden’s new production for The Royal Opera, referencing fascist Germany, is drab, but there are musical compensations. 
***11
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Wolfgang Wagner's swansong: Lohengrin in Prague

Lohengrin in Prague © Patrik Borecký
Clad in sulphurous yellow with beaded jet shoulder pads she looked well able to vanquish Lohengrin in single combat with the swish of her cloak.
****1
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Homoki’s Lohengrin in Lederhosen in Vienna

Ricarda Merbeth (Elsa) and Stefan Vinke (Lohengrin) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s impressive conducting, Tomasz Konieczny’s tortured Telramund and the Chor der Wiener Staatsoper save this performance of  Lohengrin from becoming an ignominious swan song.
***11
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Anna Netrebko's dream Elsa in Dresden Lohengrin

Anna Netrebko (Elsa) and Piotr Beczała (Lohengrin) © Daniel Koch
Anna Netreboko chose to perform her first Elsa in Dresden with Christian Thielemann conducting.  It was a remarkable performance never to be forgotten.
*****
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Lohengrin and Elsa build a house in Munich

Robert Dean Smith (Lohengrin) © Wilfried Hösl (2010)
Robert Dean Smith replacing an ailing tenor as Lohengrin was merely adequate but the rest of the cast and the superb orchestra made the modern production of Lohengrin in Munich memorable.
***11
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