Lohengrin Bayreuth Festival

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August 2022

Lohengrin  - Bayreuth Festival 2019
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Antwerp, first half of the 10th Century.

Act I

On the banks of the Scheldt King Henry calls the Brabant men to fight against the Hungarians ( "God greet you, dear men" ) . Before the Court of the King rises Friedrich Graf von Telramund lawsuit against Elsa , his ward , to whose hand he had campaigned in vain. He accused her youngest brother Gottfried , who disappeared mysteriously murdered , and he is the king his wife Ortrud before , the pagan daughter of the Frisian prince Radbod ( "Thanks , King you" ) . Elsa is invited to comment before the king to the accusation. But she speaks in dreamy rapture of a knight who had appeared to her and promised help (" Lonely in cloudy days "). None of the knights present dares to fight in God's fight for Elsa against Telramund .
Twice the Herald has already announced the invitation ; Elsa sinks in prayer. As a knight in silver armor appears at the third call in a boat drawn by a swan . He tells the king to want to fight for Elsa's innocence , but calls for a promise to never asked for his name and his background (" My thanks to you , dear swan ? ... You never shalt ask me "). Against the advice of his men Telramund provides for battle , the king after a solemn prayer ( "My Lord God, I'll call you now " ) orders in the old way . After a brief skirmish subject Telramund . The Swan Knight gives him life. The audience recognize his higher mission and celebrate the victory of the righteous .

Act II

According to the rules of the divine judgment Telramund is ostracized by the defeat in battle. At night he sits with his demonic wife Ortrud before the walls of the castle (" Arise, my comrade disgrace "). He accuses her of having an action against Elsa only by their evil influence . She convinces him that the knight was a magician , whose power could be broken by the smallest physical injury. Also, he should shake Elsa's faith in Lohengrin seek , so they ask him the forbidden question . Elsa appears on the balcony , blessed with happiness (" you airing that my mourning" ) . Ortrud feigns remorse and pity aroused by Elsa . While Elsa descends to her, Ortrud calls the pagan gods for help for their sinister plans to (" Desecrated Gods ").
In the morning the warriors flock together in the courtyard . The herald proclaimed them Elsa's approaching marriage with the knight who was also intended for commanders in the battle against the Hungarians . Before the gate of the cathedral Ortrud occurs suddenly Elsa in the way and she asks mockingly for the name and the origin of their husband. Lohengrin and the king reassure the distraught Elsa . However, from the church where he found asylum , now joins the outlawed Telramund and accuses the knight in front of everyone of sorcery. Lohengrin Elsa asks the doubting again whether they trust him. She confesses to him her boundless love. The wedding procession proceeds into Münster.


The King led the couple solemnly (" out Treulich choir " ) into the bridal chamber . For the first time alone, they confess their love to each other (Duet » The sweet song died away "). But Elsa's doubts have remained . Still, the knight can discourage through loving words (" you can not breathe with me the sweet scents "). More and more urgent is their impatience , his stern warning (" Supreme Vertrau'n " ) remains fruitless. As in a vision , she sees her lover disappear with the swan and finally recovers the ominous question. Since Telramund rushes in to attack Lohengrin with the sword. However, the knight can slay him and orders his men to carry the corpse of the king's court , where he will stand speech.
In the morning, Lohengrin and Elsa appear before the king and the assembled army. Lohengrin brings an action against the assassins Telramund , but also against Elsa , who alone he would give to her question, information about his custom. He had been sent by his father, the King of the Grail Parsifal to help the innocent accused Elsa , but must now that he was no longer unrecognized return ( Grail story "In a distant land "). Already appears on the Scheldt the swan with the boat to bring home the knight . He gives Elsa his sword , his horn , and a ring that she should her brother , whose return was imminent passed (" Mein lieber Schwan "). Since steps forward in wild triumph Ortrud and confesses that they themselves have transformed into the swan Gottfried , who now after Lohengrin's going away could never be freed again . Since sinks Lohengrin in deep prayer . The dove of the Grail appears, the sinking Swan, and Gottfried increases redeemed shore. While the pigeon continued pulling the boat with Lohengrin and the young Duke of Brabant express their reverence , Elsa falls to the ground dead .

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Bayreuth Festival

The Bayreuth Festival (German: Bayreuther Festspiele) is a music festival held annually in Bayreuth, Germany, at which performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented. Wagner himself conceived and promoted the idea of a special festival to showcase his own works, in particular his monumental cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen and Parsifal.

Performances take place in a specially designed theatre, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. Wagner personally supervised the design and construction of the theatre, which contained many architectural innovations to accommodate the huge orchestras for which Wagner wrote as well as the composer's particular vision about the staging of his works. The Festival has become a pilgrimage destination for Wagner enthusiasts, who often must wait years to obtain tickets.

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