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Lohengrin (1982)

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Karan Armstrong ...
Elsa
Elke Burkert ...
Vierter Edelknabe
Elizabeth Connell ...
Ortrud
Irene Hammann ...
Zweiter Edelknabe
Peter Hofmann ...
Patricia Lampert-Bucher ...
Dritter Edelknabe
Leif Roar ...
Telramund
Siegfried Vogel ...
Natsue von Stegman ...
Erster Edelknabe
Bernd Weikl ...
Heerrufer
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The best Lohengrin of all time!

I love this production. I must have watched the best parts of it for at least one thousand times! As always, when I watch Lohengrin, I wish so much that I could shout at Elsa to keep quiet... and let them have their wedding-night. But of course one cannot blame the production for this! :-)

The setting and costumes are traditional - as it should be. I hate it when they destroy the beauty, romance and high feelings of opera, by setting it in a modern contest. Opera should be escapism - not realism. And certainly not an attempt to "bring up" the audience... An opera ticket is very expensive, and I will not save up for having to watch the people of Brabant running around as rats... which was what happened in Bayreuth 2010. I cannot even enjoy the music during those circumstances. Opera is very much a visual experience as well!

The stage direction is superb. Some scenes are outstanding, and fill me with a sweet, melancholy longing... For example in act 1, when Elsa is laying on her knees on the floor, praying for a knight to come and save her... and then, suddenly, one hears the Graal motive - and the shadow of a knight with a sword in hand falls over her... or a little later, when Elsa is still kneeling in front of Lohengrin, and he kneels down also, and stretches out his hand and keeps it very still for a long time... until she dares to take it, and then he rises her up... or in the wedding chamber scene, when Lohengrin and Elsa are both so dignified and regal, when their attendants take off their outer garments... It is wonderful, wonderful! :-)

Peter Hofmann is a wonderful Lohengrin. Very knight-like, very prince-like... He IS Lohengrin! :-) It was such a pity that his prime was so short. Only four years later, when he reprized the role at the Metropolitan, both his voice and his face had coarsened...

As for Karan Armstrong, some people say nasty things about her. Such as that she would never have sung in Bayreuth, if she had not been married to one of the men with power there. I think this is bullshit! People miss that Elsa is SUPPOSED to be vulnerable. A woman with a strong voice, big body and forceful personality - such as Birgit Nilsson was - would be entirely wrong for the role.

I recommend this to everybody who loves Wagner!


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