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Work: Lohengrin

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

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

ViennaLohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin
So Young Sim; Andreas Homoki; Vienna State Opera; Wolfgang Gussmann; Andreas Schager; Petra Lang

MadridBryn Terfel

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

BayreuthLohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin
Christian Thielemann; Yuval Sharon; Neo Rauch; Rosa Loy; Georg Zeppenfeld; Piotr Beczała

GhentLohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin
Alejo Pérez; David Alden; Opera Vlaanderen; Paul Steinberg; Gideon Davey; Zoran Todorovich; Liene Kinča
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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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