Musical direction: Omer Meir Wellber
Production: Andreas Homoki
In 1845, Richard Wagner began his conceptual work on Lohengrin, which was to be his sixth complete opera. He took up the medieval tale of the Swan Knight from various old versions, which he changed and simplified for his purpose, as he later did with the Nibelung legend. Stylistically, Lohengrin is a transitional work. Especially regarding instrumentation, Lohengrin marked a big step forward in Wagner's musical development - thus, for the first time in his oeuvre the orchestra carries the action on stage.
In his production, director Andreas Homoki locates the action in the small world of a mountain village in the 19th or early 20th Century - scaled down like a model - to tell the story in a way that speaks to the spectators and relates to their own experience of life here and today. Moreover, Homoki thus places seemingly known things in an unexpected context, in which they seem strange but can be newly recognised and better understood.