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2022

May

Sat
14 May 2022

Tue
17 May 2022

Sat
21 May 2022

Tue
24 May 2022
Venue

State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Language

Sung in German with English surtitles.

Running time

Approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes, including two intervals.

Production partner

In a romance of mythical proportions, our Knight of the Swan rescues his damsel asking only one thing in return…

Elsa stands accused of a horrible crime. She prays for a champion, and a noble knight appears. But his help comes with a condition: she must never ask his name. Does true love demand blind faith?

Lohengrin is a fantastical romance. It’s filled with shimmering string passages and angelic choruses, including the famous Bridal March. Wagner described his music as “streams of gold, ravishing the senses of the beholder”.

Tahu Matheson conducts a stunning cast. Emily Magee is Elsa, while Elena Gabouri sings the conniving Ortrud. Marco Vratogna performs as the deceived Telramund, and Roberto Aronica is the noble Lohengrin.

Director Olivier Py sets this battle between good and evil in the ruins of Berlin in the aftermath of World War II. A monumental revolving tiered set depicts a decaying theatre, where emblems of German Romanticism gather dust.

The result is a “thoughtful and audacious piece of theatre” — Opera Traveller

A Co-Production between Opera Australia and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.

“Thoughtful and audacious piece of theatre”

Opera Traveller

Cast & Creative

Conductor
Director
Revival Director
Set & Costume Designer
Pierre-André Weitz
Lighting Designer
Elsa
Emily Magee
Ortrud
Lohengrin
Telramund
Herald
Heinrich
First Noble
Second Noble
Third Noble
Fourth Noble

Opera Australia Chorus
Orchestra Victoria

Lohengrin at La Monnaie (2020)

Photographer: Baus

Lohengrin at La Monnaie (2020)

Photographer: Baus

Lohengrin at La Monnaie (2020)

Photographer: Baus

Lohengrin at La Monnaie (2020)

Photographer: Baus

Lohengrin at La Monnaie (2020)

Photographer: Baus

Lohengrin at La Monnaie (2020)

Photographer: Baus

Cheat Sheet: Lohengrin

Everything you need to know about Wagner's fantastical romance.

What happens in the story? Who was the composer? What should I expect from the music? Here’s everything you need to know…

Read the cheat sheet

Synopsis

ACT I

On the banks of the river Scheldt a herald announces Heinrich, King of Germany, who asks Count Telramund to explain why Brabant is torn by strife and disorder. Telramund accuses his ward, Elsa, of murdering her brother, Gottfried, heir to Brabant’s Christian dynasty.

Gottfried was actually enchanted by the evil Ortrud, whom Telramund has wed. When Elsa is called to defend herself, she relates a dream of a knight in shining armour who will come to save her. The herald calls for the defender, but only when Elsa prays does the knight
appear, magically drawn in a boat by a swan. He betrothes himself to her on condition that she never ask his name or origin. Defeating Telramund in combat, the newcomer establishes the innocence of his bride.

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Our performances will comply with all Public Health Orders and adhere to our epidemiologist-approved COVID-Safe Plan, including any requirement at the time of the performance that audience members be vaccinated. Full details of our COVID-Safe Plan will be published online closer to the event.