Richard Wagner

New Teatro alla Scala Production

From 7 to 27 December 2012

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
Annette Dasch (7)
Ann Petersen (11, 14)
Anja Harteros (18, 21, 27)
Friedrich von Telramund
Tómas Tómasson
Evelyn Herlitzius
Der Heerrufer des Königs
Zeljko Lucic

Cast change on 7 December - Annette Dasch from Bayreuth to La Scala
Due to a persistent flu, Mrs. Anja Harteros is forced to postpone her debut in Lohengrin, which opens our 2012/2013 Season. With Mrs. Ann Petersen also having contracted a similar indisposition, the part of Elsa will be sung by Mrs. Annette Dasch, who has sung the role since 2010 at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth.
The Teatro alla Scala wishes to thank Mrs. Dasch, who arrived last night in Milan, and with her generosity has given a sign of her affection to the Theatre and friendship to La Scala.

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