11 Nov-3 Dec 2023
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
4:30, incl. 2 intervals
From € 30
How much mystery can human beings bear?
How unconditional can love be, and how blind is trust? These questions are addressed in several of Richard Wagner’s operas, but rarely as intensely as in Lohengrin.
Photo: Marta Syrko
Romantic opera in three acts
Sung in German
Musical direction Lorenzo Viotti
Stage direction Christof Loy
Associate director Georg Zlabinger
Set design Philipp Fürhofer
Costume design Barbara Drosihn
Lighting design Cor van den Brink
Video design Ruth Stofer
Choreography Klevis Elmazaj
Dramaturgy Niels Nuijten
Heinrich der Vogler Anthony Robin Schneider
Lohengrin Daniel Behle
Elsa von Brabant Malin Byström
Friedrich von Telramund Thomas Johannes Mayer
Ortrud Martina Serafin
Der Heerrufer des Königs Björn Bürger
Vier Brabantische Edle
Christiaan Peters, François Soons,
Harry Teeuwen [14 nov Hans Pieter Herman], Jeroen de Vaal
Taylor Burgess, Vida Matičič Malnaršič, Elsa Barthas, Yvonne Kok
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus Master Edward Ananian-Cooper
Along with the printed programme book, we also offer online programme information for this performance. The online programme will take you behind the scenes with in-depth stories, articles, and interviews with the creators and cast.
‘I deliberately waited a while to conduct my first Wagner opera. I had to let his world mature in me. You have to find a certain calmness in your conducting style to be able to shape the freedom of sound.’
Lohengrin: Lorenzo Viotti’s first Wagner Opera
Photo: Elmer van der Marel
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A rehearsal day in the life of chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti
From 11 November to 3 December, Lorenzo will be in the orchestra pit where he will conduct the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chorus and soloists. Check out his rehearsal day of Wagner’s Lohengrin below - from a rainy bike ride to a stage rehearsal and language class!
5 reasons to look forward to Lohengrin ...
Lorenzo Viotti makes choir and orchestra shine in thrilling 'Lohengrin' - Viotti's climaxes arrived gigantic, supported by his ecstatic body language.
[...] the new production of Lohengrin is a must hear and see. Opera chief Lorenzo Viotti's Wagner debut [...] is a model of transparency, thanks to the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, who are well practiced in performing Wagner.
Director Loy is interested in the psychology of the masses, and that works out well: Lohengrin is full of great choral scenes. The chorus is also in excellent shape under new chorus director Edward Ananian-Cooper.
Featured Chorus of DNO gives ordinary people a voice in noble Wagner opera - In his first Wagner opera, the (still) young conductor Lorenzo Viotti beautifully leads the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in an unprecedentedly large orchestra through refined, sometimes almost deathly quiet passages. The soloists are all strong.
Loy, Viotti and Nedpho make Lohengrin - Viotti alternated hushed moments with swelling Wagnerian bombast with the sound flowing in waves from the orchestra pit and flooding the auditorium. Exactly as befits a good performance of Lohengrin.
The set as art or art as the set? With an ingenious installation of metal frames, light strips, mirrors and images painted onto different materials, artist Philipp Fürhofer’s set design is fit for a museum.
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra have been the main orchestral partners of Dutch National Opera for over thirty years. They are regarded as among the best opera orchestras in the world. The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is the main regular stage for their concerts.
Photo: Melle Meivogel
In the podcast, dramaturge Laura Roling tells the story of Lohengrin. She also lets dramaturge of the opera, Niels Nuijten, speak about the context in which the opera was created, about characters and about some of the musical characteristics in this opera by Richard Wagner.
An introduction will take place 45 minutes before the start of this performance, during which an expert will give background information and offer interesting perspectives on the performance, allowing you to get even more out of your theatre visit. The introductions are given in Dutch. They can be visited for free and without reservation, by showing your ticket for the performance!
Introduction Lohengrin by: Niels Nuijten
Masterful staging by Christof Loy brings together antipodes in 'Tannhäuser' ... Loy works things out with mastery. [Tannhaüser-ed.]
Praise also for director Christof Loy, who signs for the most convincing opening scene in years (...) [Tannhäuser - ed.]
Together with director Christof Loy, Albrecht stands up for 'forgotten' operas. [Königskinder - ed.]