7, 10, 12, 19th August, 2017.
Regent Theatre, Melbourne.
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University
4hr 30m, with two twenty minute intervals.
Composer: Richard Wagner
Conductor: David Kram
Director: Suzanne Chaundy
Starring: Marius Vlad, Helena Dix, Hrólfur Sæmundsson, Sarah Sweeting.
Following the huge critical and public success of 2016’s Tannhauser, Melbourne Opera is excited to present Richard Wagner’s magnificent Romantic opera Lohengrin at the beautiful Regent Theatre.
After his outstanding performance as Tannhauser, international Wagnerian tenor Marius Vlad returns to star as Lohengrin, the mysterious Knight of the Grail.
Melbourne born dramatic soprano Helena Dix, currently appearing at the Met, makes her Melbourne debut as Elsa von Brabant, and is joined by Sarah Sweeting as the evil Ortrud . Icelandic heldenbaritone Hrolfur Saemundsson makes his Australian debut as Telramund.
The 60 strong Melbourne Opera Chorus and 70 piece Melbourne Opera Orchestra are conducted by David Kram and Greg Hocking. The new production is directed by Suzanne Chaundy, whose production of Tannhauser was such a success.
Lohengrin contains some of Wagner’s most famous arias and stirring ensembles, including the famous Wedding Chorus, Overture and Prelude to Act 3, and Lohengrin’s moving In fernem land and Mein lieber Schwann. The opera will be sung in German with English subtitles.
Production Sponsor: Henkell Brothers Investment Managers
Press & Reviews
“Melbourne Opera delights audiences once again with its second Wagnerian opera, Lohengrin, a visual feast that’s well-cast and beautifully sung.”★★★★1/2
— Herald Sun
“Our state’s opera scene has never looked stronger or healthier.”
— Theatre People.
“The ideal approach to Wagner’s Lohengrin.”
— The Australian