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Jonas Kaufmann, the world's most in-demand opera singer will sing Lohengrin, one of his most celebrated roles, exclusively at Arts Centre Melbourne.
In a romance of mythical proportions, our Knight of the Swan rescues his damsel asking only one thing in return…
Elsa stands accused of a horrible crime. She prays for a champion, and a noble knight appears. But his help comes with a condition: she must never ask his name. Does true love demand blind faith?
Lohengrin is a fantastical romance. It’s filled with shimmering string passages and angelic choruses, including the famous Bridal March. Wagner described his music as “streams of gold, ravishing the senses of the beholder”.
The world’s most in-demand singer — Jonas Kaufmann — is the noble Lohengrin.
Every Kaufmann performance is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and this marks the first time ever the German tenor will perform a fully staged opera in Australia.
Kaufmann as Lohengrin is “in a class of his own, totally involved and giving a masterclass of daringly varied, sometimes mannered, vocal technique” (The Guardian).
Joined by a brilliant cast including Emily Magee as Elsa, Elena Gabouri as Ortrud, and Simon Meadows performs as the deceived Telramund.
Director Olivier Py sets this battle between good and evil in the ruins of Berlin in the aftermath of World War II. A monumental revolving tiered set depicts a decaying theatre, where emblems of German Romanticism gather dust.
The result is a “thoughtful and audacious piece of theatre” — Opera Traveller
A co-production between Opera Austrlia and the Theatre Royal de La Monnaie.
★★★★★ "If this isn’t worth five stars, nothing is." - The Age
★★★★½ "(Jonas Kaufmann) embodies the heroic, superhuman knight with every note, look and movement." - Limelight
★★★★ "The sheer scale of (Elena) Gabouri’s voice is phenomenal." - Australian Book Review
"A big and bold work – a spectacle." - The Blurb
“Thoughtful and audacious piece of theatre” - Opera Traveller
CONDUCTOR: Tahu Matheson
DIRECTOR: Olivier Py
REVIVAL DIRECTOR: Shane Placentino
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER: Pierre-André Weitz
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Bertrand Killy
ELSA: Emily Magee
ORTRUD: Elena Gabouri
LOHENGRIN: Jonas Kaufmann
TELRAMUND: Simon Meadows
HERALD: Warwick Fyfe
HEINRICH: Daniel Sumegi
FIRST NOBLE: Dean Bassett
SECOND NOBLE: Tomas Dalton
THIRD NOBLE: Nathan Lay
FOURTH NOBLE: Ryan Sharp, Clifford Plumpton
Opera Australia Chorus
4hrs 20min (inc interval)
May 14th, 2022
May 24th, 2022
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
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