On Sunday 2nd May at 3.30pm we have Wagner’s opera LOHENGRIN (3h29mins + interval when wine shall be served).
Lohengrin is staged by the enfant terrible Hans Neuenfels, and offers a thought-provoking production of brilliant visual clarity. The performance by Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role is staggering and impressive. There is beauty and purity in his voice, but in this role in particular, one truly senses something unheimlich, other-worldly, which fits superlatively both with work and production. Conductor Andris Nelsons brings out the best in the festival chorus and orchestra. It is a Lohengrin one does not easily forget and puts Bayreuth back in the vanguard of Wagner interpretation.
‘’ The controversial Hans Neuenfels created an equally controversial mis-en-scéne of Wagners early opera, Lohengrin, in Bayreuth a few years ago, which has now become available on DVD in a masterful rendition with the rising German tenor, Klaus Florian Vogt, in the title role and Annette Dasch as his unhappy wife who cannot bear not to know the name of her beloved and by insisting on knowing it, precipitates his premature departure on his swan.
Musically, the opera is perhaps the most accessible of Wagner's operas and the orchestra here excels in presenting the beautiful score in all its splendour under the direction of the young conductor, Andris Nelsons. Vogt as the protagonist is outstanding, his voice and looks seem born to the role and may remind the listener of the prematurely deceased Fritz Wunderlich. Dasch is glorious as Elsa and the whole cast is in top form. You may have to accustom yourself to the foibles of Hans Neuenfels with rats being the courtiers and Elsa's lost brother literally being reborn out of the swan's huge egg, but once you have accepted this, your enjoyment and pleasure will be unadulterated. Highly recommended.’’ Amazon.co.uk reviewer
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