Lohengrin / Royal Opera House

Andris Nelsons was the champion of the evening, drawing luminescent playing from the Covent Garden orchestra.

BachtrackMark Pullinger

The Act 1 Prelude – an evocation of The Grail – was played with the curtain down and the house lights half up, gauzy strings shimmering and beautifully gradated dynamics. Apart from a few moments of strangulated off-stage trumpets, the ROH brass was at its most disciplined, ebullient in the Act 3 Prelude. The Royal Opera Chorus was on magnificent form, jubilant at the sighting of the swan boat.

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Lohengrin / Royal Opera House

Wagner conducting of this quality, so well-paced and richly involving, gloriously played and sung by the Royal Opera orchestra and a bolstered chorus, does not come round often. Elsa ...