Wagner : Lohengrin

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What are heroes made of and why do our societies need them so badly ? At the Staatsoper Stuttgart, stage director Árpád Schilling tries to answer this mythological, political and existential question, lying at the core of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin.

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Wagner : Lohengrin

What are heroes made of and why do our societies need them so badly ? At the Staatsoper Stuttgart, stage director Árpád Schilling tries to answer this mythological, political and existential question, lying at the core of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin.

‘‘A wonder! A miracle!”, the men and women of Brabant agreed when, against all expectations, someone stood up for Elsa and invalidated the allegations made by the plaintiff Telramund. And yet he does the most normal thing in the world: to help a person in distress. So why is there a need for this savior, surrounded by the aura of mystery, whose name and origin even his new wife Elsa cannot ask? Why does the collective body abdicates its moral and political responsibilities and surrenders them to a single individual? And when does the providential man stops being a savior and becomes a threat? For Hungarian stage director Árpád Schilling, a fierce enemy of the very idea of the cult of a personality, and he himself a political exile, these questions lie at the core of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin.

For his new production at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, the stage director recenters the opera on the expressivity of the direction, and strips the stage of all its ornamental or mythological elements. He creates a coming-of-age tale, pervaded by the themes of responsibility, trust, and the relationship between the individual and the collective. This powerful and ambitious proposition is mirrored in Maestro Cornelius Meister’s expressive and philosophical conducting, and in Michaël König, Simone Schneider, Martin Gantner, Okka von der Damerau’s profound singing.

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Wagner : Lohengrin [DVD & Blu-ray]

Romantic opera in three acts

Music & Libretto Richard Wagner

Heinrich der Vogler Goran Jurić
Lohengrin Michael König
Elsa von Brabant Simone Schneider
Friedrich von Telramund Martin Gantner
Ortrud Okka von der Damerau
Der Heerrufer des Königs Shigeo Ishino
Vier Edle Torsten Hofmann, Heinz Göhrig, Andrew Bogard, Michael Nagl
Vier Edelknaben Elisabeth Von Stritzky, Heike Beckmann, Simone Jackel, Jie Zhang

Staatsopernchor Stuttgart
Staatsorchester Stuttgart

Conductor Cornelius Meister

Stage Direction Árpád Schilling
Set Design Raimund Orfeo Voigt
Costume Design Tina Kloempken
Costume Design Collaboration Saskia Schneider
Lighting Design Támás Banyai
Dramaturgy Miron Hakenbeck
Chorus Master Manuel Pujol

Press

“Michael König triumphs”
– Resmusica

“[…] Simone Schneider’s spherical soprano…”
– Süddentsche Zeitung

“The chorus is grandiose”
– Deutschlandfunk Kultur

“Wagnerian theater, coherent and intelligent”
– Südwest Presse

Technical informations

Recording : Staatsoper Stuttgartt
Directed by : Video Department of Staatsoper Stuttgart
Release date
: November 13th 2020
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

2 DVD
Reference
: BAC175
Barcode : 3760115301757
Running time : 223 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / SPA / JAP / KOR
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0
Region code : 0

1 BLU-RAY
Reference : BAC475
Barcode : 3760115304758
Running time : 223 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / SPA / JAP / KOR
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0
Region code : A, B, C

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