Sylvia Hamvasi (Elsa von Brabant), Corby Welch (Lohengrin), Chor der Deutschen Oper am | © Matthias Jung
Richard Wagner
Theater Duisburg
Saturday, 11. April 2015
18:00 - 22:30 hours
/ Revival

Duration: aboutt 4 ½ hours, two intervals
18,10 - 62,80 € Abo. E
Duration: aboutt 4 ½ hours, two intervals
The heiress to a throne in need, a slanderous rival with her pusillanimous partner and a king from historic German legend – these are the figures of a conflict which demands not so much a solution as a downright redemption. It is Lohengrin, the Knight of the Swan, who is to bring this about, sent by the company of the Holy Grail to stand by Elsa of Brabant in “Divine Judgment” on an accusation of fratricide. His stipulation is her trust in him: “Never are you to enquire” who he is, Lohengrin demands of his protégée, and on her behalf not only wins the duel of “Divine Judgment” against her accuser Telramund, acting for the intriguing rival Ortrud, but also instals himself as “Protector of Brabant” at Elsa’s side as her consort.

This sounds like German Romanticism, but the text of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) also struck a political note in the German “Vormärz” (i.e. pre-March), the period preceding the revolution of March 1848, into which the writing of “Lohengrin” (premièred in 1845) falls. How can one love a man whose name one does not know, how can such a nameless man win the confidence of a whole nation? Lohengrin’s task of replacing stubborn nationalism with a rule of justice and rectitude failed, just as did the 1848 revolution, involvement in which forced Wagner to flee his country. Doomed to failure is also Lohengrin’s love for Elsa, which cannot survive such pressure to save the world from itself.

After Henze’s “Phaedra” and Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” Sabine Hartmannshenn and her team did not ask questions either, but set about sounding Wagner’s “Lohengrin” myth with regard to deeper levels of meaning and their applicability when transported into our modern mentality.
Richard Wagner

Romantic Opera in three Acts
Text by Richard Wagner

Promoted by Freundeskreis der Deutschen Oper am Rhein e.V.

In German with German surtitles

Musikalische Leitung Wen-Pin Chien
Inszenierung Sabine Hartmannshenn
Bühne Dieter Richter
Kostüme Susana Mendoza
Licht Volker Weinhart
Chorleitung Gerhard Michalski
Dramaturgie Hella Bartnig
Heinrich der Vogler Bjarni Thor Kristinsson
Lohengrin Corby Welch
Elsa von Brabant Sylvia Hamvasi
Friedrich von Telramund Simon Neal
Ortrud Alexandra Petersamer
Der Heerrufer Bogdan Baciu
Edle von Brabant Florian Simson, Paul Stefan Onaga, Attila Fodre, David Jerusalem
Edelknabe Sandra Michaela Diehl, Helena Günther, Angela Froemer, Franziska Orendi
Chor Chor der Deutschen Oper am Rhein
Orchester Duisburger Philharmoniker


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