Wagner: Lohengrin

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Lohengrin is staged by the enfant terrible Hans Neuenfels, and offers a thought-provoking production of brilliant visual clarity. The performance with 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 other-worldly, which fits superlatively both with the work and the 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. „“Great Wagner performances such as this give the sensation of looking down at the world from a sadly omniscient height… Vogt…gave a dreamlike performance… Dasch… was sweetly impassioned throughout. Petra Lang was a properly searing Ortrud… Andris Nelsons… conducted with blazing intensity.““ (Alex Ross, The New Yorker)

A magic moment of music theatre. (Handelsblatt) Bayreuth’s incomparable chorus really deserves a medal for its performance here. (International Record Review) All six solo singers are musically excellent and dramatically persuasive, with Petra Lang’s excoriating Ortrud and George Zeppenfeld’s grave yet warm-toned King Henry particularly memorable… (Gramophone)