Katharina Wagner (the composer's great-granddaughter and the director of the Bayreuth Festival) makes her Liceu debut with a new production starring Klaus Florian Vogt and Evelyn Herlitzlius. One of Richard Wagner's most emblematic operas and also his most Romantic one. Back in 1882, it was the first of his works ever seen in Barcelona.
The cast also includes tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, warmly acclaimed as a Wagner specialist the world over, and Evelyn Herlitzius, back as Ortrud in the wake of her triumph in Elektra. Josep Pons returns to the orchestra pit to tackle another Wagner opera, following his successful renderings of the Der Ring des Nibelungen and Tristan und Isolde.
With Lohengrin, completed in 1848 and released in 1850, Wagner culminated the trilogy of romantic operas and plunged into a deep crisis. In fact, it was his second crisi; the first one took place ten years before, he overcame it with The Flying Dutchman. After Lohengrin, for many years his most popular opera, the one that opened theaters in half of Europe (outside Germany and Austria almost always in Italian), nothing was the same. The exile for political reasons was a parenthesis of more than five years of reflection that led to Der Ring des Nibelungen and the musical drama. The horn, the sword and the ring that the mysterious knight in silver armor delivered to Elsa before leaving were picked up by Siegfried. But the germ of what came next (the dramatic continuum, the use of Leitmotiv), was in Lohengrin, as well as some keys to his biography: the man in search of a woman to whom he had not to explain or justify himself, a woman that loved him unconditionally, without reservation. It is no accident that Lohengrin is Richard Wagner's most pessimistic opera.
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