Lohengrin - Preview for Young People

Richard Wagner

New Teatro alla Scala Production

Running Time: 4 hours 50 minutes intermissions included

Sung in German with electronic libretto in Italian, English, German

Notes on the performancesOpen 
It is the story of the knight of the swan, the prince of Christianity who comes to the rescue of the mild Elsa of Brabant, to save her from a dishonourable accusation of fratricide. The disappearance of Gottfried, Elsa’s brother, is actually the work of Ortrud the witch, who belongs to the world of the dark divinities of ancient Germany. Lohengrin asks for Elsa’s hand, but anonymously: as the custodian of the Holy Grail, he cannot say who he is and where he comes from. But the girl is too weak and, gnawed by doubt, she demands to know who he is. He gives in but is forced to leave forever, this time in a boat pulled by a dove in flight.

Barenboim will be conducting this first opera in which Wagner wove a dense-knit mesh of symbolic musical motifs. The production is staged by director Claus Guth, who aroused no end of admiration last Season with Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten.


Daniel Barenboim
Claus Guth
Sets and costumes
Christian Schmidt
Volker Michl
Olaf Winter
Ronny Dietrich
Weapons master
Renzo Musumeci Greco


Heinrich der Vogler
René Pape
Jonas Kaufmann
Elsa von Brabant
Ann Petersen
Friedrich von Telramund
Tómas Tómasson
Evelyn Herlitzius
Der Heerrufer des Königs
Zeljko Lucic

We inform you that for an unexpected health disease, Anja Harteros has withdrawn from tonight's performance, 4 December. The role of Elsa Von Brabant will be sung by Ann Petersen

With the support of
Banca del Monte
Teatro alla Scala