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Wagner's Lohengrin

Nikolaus Lehnhoff (stage director), Kent Nagano (conductor) – With Tom Fox (Friedrich von Telramund), Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) – Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

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Cast

Nikolaus Lehnhoff — Stage director
Stephan Braunfels — Set designer
Bettina Walter — Costumes
Duane Schuler — Lighting
Denni Sayers — Choreographer
Hans-Peter König — Heinrich der Vogler
Klaus Florian Vogt — Lohengrin
Solveig Kringelborn — Elsa von Brabant
Tom Fox — Friedrich von Telramund
Waltraud Meier — Ortrud
Roman Trekel — King's herald
Markus Ahme — Brabantine noble
Volker Neitmann — Brabantine noble
Dominik Hosefelder — Brabantine noble
Michael Dries — Brabantine noble
Pei-Min Yu — Page
Sharona Applebaum — Page

Program notes

ACT 1: It all begins with a government crisis. Before he can go to war against the Hungarians, King Heinrich must solve a leadership dispute in Brabant, following the death of the duke. At the tribunal, Friedrich von Telramund, a nobleman from Brabant who claims the dukedom, accuses Elsa, daughter of the deceased duke, of murdering her own brother Gottfried, the legitimate heir, who has mysteriously disappeared. Ortrud, wife of Telramund, has convinced her husband that she saw Elsa secretly drowning her brother while they were out walking. But nobody suspects the truth, which is that Gottfried has been transformed into a swan by Ortrud's magic. In her own defence, Elsa summons up a vision. A knight, who has appeared to her in a dream, will fight for her innocence. The king is compelled to resolve the matter by ordering a trial by single combat, relying on God's justice to determine the outcome. The royal herald's first two summonses go unanswered, but in response to a third summons, to the astonishment of all, a knight in shining armour appears in a boat pulled by a swan with a golden chain around its neck, just as Elsa's dream had foretold. The unknown knight asks Elsa whether, if he wins on her behalf, she will marry him. Elsa trusts the stranger unconditionally and agrees, accepting his enigmatic command never to ask about his origins, his lineage or his name. The stranger then defeats Telramund but spares his life.

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Directed by:
Thomas Grimm
Venue: Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Baden-Baden, Germany)
Production date: 2006
Duration: 3 h 25 min
Production: © Festspielhaus Baden-Baden / NHK / Opus Arte