The Herald further announces that the Knight will lead the people to glorious new conquests, and will celebrate the marriage of himself and Elsa. – But quite apart from all this, how felicitous a libretto it has turned out to be!  In September 1848 Wagner conducted excerpts from act 1 at a concert in Dresden to mark the 300th anniversary of the court orchestra (later Dresden Staatskapelle), Lohengrin occupies an ambivalent position within Wagner's aesthetic oeuvre. Elsa is stricken with grief and falls to the ground dead. Ortrud's words, however, have made an impression on Elsa; she laments that her name sounds so sweet on her husband's lips but she cannot utter his name. Here you will find cast lists, libretti, complete scores, and videos. The Herald announces that Telramund is now banished, and that anyone who follows Telramund shall be considered an outlaw by the law of the land. Angelo Mariani conducted the performance, which starred Italo Campanini as Lohengrin, Bianca Blume as Elsa, Maria Löwe Destin as Ortrud, Pietro Silenzi as Telramund, and Giuseppe Galvani as Heinrich der Vogler. The first production of Lohengrin was in Weimar, Germany, on 28 August 1850 at the Staatskapelle Weimar under the direction of Franz Liszt, a close friend and early supporter of Wagner. The god is in love with a human woman and approaches her in human form. You must understand: Telramund, a strong and seasoned warrior, agrees enthusiastically. The book in question was Ludwig Bechstein's 1835 anthology of legends Der Sagenschatz und die Sagenkreise des Thüringerlandes. Ah! The combat commences. Thus, Wagner admits, with one blow a whole new world was opened to him, and although unable to find the form to master the material for his own dramatic purpose, he could clearly visualize Lohengrin and it remained as an inextinguishable image within him.. Wagner himself was unable to attend the first performance, having been exiled because of his part in the 1849 May Uprising in Dresden. To this end, Wagner decided not to alter act 1 or 2 but to write new lines in act 3: O Elsa! [clarification needed], In their article "Elsa's reason: on beliefs and motives in Wagner's Lohengrin", Ilias Chrissochoidis and Steffen Huck propose what they describe as "a complex and psychologically more compelling account [of the opera]. , Lohengrin was written and composed between 1845 and 1848 when Wagner worked as Kapellmeister at the Royal Dresden court. As Elsa and her attendants are about to enter the church, Ortrud rushes to the front of the procession and challenges Elsa to explain who the Knight is and why anyone should follow him. Before the Knight can answer, Telramund and his four recruits rush into the room in order to attack him. A mysterious knight, sent by God and possessing superhuman charisma and fighting ability, arrives to unite and strengthen the people, and to defend the innocent noble woman Elsa from a false accusation of murder, but he imposes a condition: the people must follow him without knowing his identity. Despite Wagner's ostensible rejection of French grand opéra, Lohengrin, like all Wagner's operas, and for that matter his later musikdramas, owes some debt to the form as practised by Auber, Halévy and, irrespective of what Wagner sets out in his prose writings, Meyerbeer. Die Leipziger Oper will im einmaligen Festival "Wagner22" alle 13 Opern des Komponisten Richard Wagner aufführen. King Ludwig II of Bavaria named his castle Neuschwanstein Castle after the Swan Knight. This has sometime led to the erroneous conclusion that the entire work was completed from the end to the front. Wagner attempted at the same time to weave elements of Greek tragedy into the plot. Scene 2: On the banks of the Scheldt (as in act 1). In 1936, at the Metropolitan Opera, the same thing happened to Danish tenor Lauritz Melchior, This article is about the opera by Richard Wagner. mehr erfahren. It was notably the first performance of any Wagner opera in Italy. Then, he sorrowfully turns to Elsa and asks her to follow him to the King, to whom he will now reveal his secrets. We must be parted! The people consider Ortrud guilty of witchcraft. Effective, attractive, impressive & affecting in all its parts! , There's one atonement, penance for your crime! Lohengrin, WWV 75, is a Romantic opera in three acts composed and written by Richard Wagner, first performed in 1850. Das Wagner-Werk-Verzeichnis (WWV) ist ein Verzeichnis aller musikalischen Werke des Komponisten Richard Wagner, das im Rahmen der Gesamtausgabe der Werke Richard Wagners von John Deathridge, Martin Geck und Egon Voss erarbeitet und vom Schott-Verlag 1986 herausgegeben wurde.. Das Verzeichnis enthält fundierte Nachweise – z.