Wagner - Lohengrin (Blu-ray) | Bel Air BAC475

Wagner - Lohengrin (Blu-ray)

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Label: Bel Air

Cat No: BAC475

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 20th November 2020

Contents

Artists

Goran Juric
Michael Konig
Simone Schneider
Martin Gantner
Okka von der Damerau
Shigeo Ishino
Torsten Hofmann
Heinz Gohrig
Andrew Bogard
Michael Nagl
Elisabeth von Stritzky
Heike Beckmann
Simone Jackel
Jie Zhang
Staatsopernchor Stuttgart
Staatsorchester Stuttgart

Conductor

Cornelius Meister

Works

Wagner, Richard

Lohengrin

Artists

Goran Juric
Michael Konig
Simone Schneider
Martin Gantner
Okka von der Damerau
Shigeo Ishino
Torsten Hofmann
Heinz Gohrig
Andrew Bogard
Michael Nagl
Elisabeth von Stritzky
Heike Beckmann
Simone Jackel
Jie Zhang
Staatsopernchor Stuttgart
Staatsorchester Stuttgart

Conductor

Cornelius Meister

About

What are heroes made of and why do our societies need them so badly? At the Staatsoper Stuttgart, stage director Árpád Schilling tries to answer this mythological, political and existential question, lying at the core of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin.

“A wonder! A miracle!”, the men and women of Brabant agreed when, against all expectations, someone stood up for Elsa and invalidated the allegations made by the plaintiff Telramund. And yet he does the most normal thing in the world: to help a person in distress. So why is there a need for this saviour, surrounded by the aura of mystery, whose name and origin even his new wife Elsa cannot ask? Why does the collective body abdicate its moral and political responsibilities and surrender them to a single individual? And when does the providential man stops being a saviour and becomes a threat? For Hungarian stage director Árpád Schilling, a fierce enemy of the very idea of the cult of a personality, and he himselfa political exile, these questions lie at the core of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin.

For his new production at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, the stage director recentres the opera on the expressivity of the direction, and strips the stage of all its ornamental or mythological elements. He creates a coming-of-age tale, pervaded by the themes of responsibility, trust, and the relationship between the individual and the collective. This powerful and ambitious proposition is mirrored in maestro Cornelius Meister’s expressive and philosophical conducting, and in Michael König, Simone Schneider, Martin Gantner and Okka von der Damerau’s profound singing.

Cast:
- Heinrich der Vogler: Goran Jurić
- Lohengrin: Michael König
- Elsa von Brabant: Simone Schneider
- Friedrich von Telramund: Martin Gantner
- Ortrud: Okka von der Damerau
- The King's Herald: Shigeo Ishino
- Four Noblemen: Torsten Hofmann, Heinz Göhrig, Andrew Bogard, Michael Nagl
- Four Pages: Elisabeth von Stritzky, Heike Beckmann, Simone Jackel, Jie Zhang

Original language: German
Subtitles: FR / ENG / GER / SPA / JAP / KOR
Booklet: 28 pages
Running time: 223’
Sound: PCM 2.0

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