05:00 pm | Nationaltheater


Richard Wagner




Composer Richard Wagner. Libretto from Richard Wagner.

Romantic opera in three acts (1850)

from 15 years and older

A co-production with the Shanghai Opera House

In German with surtitles in German and English. New Production.

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A young boy has disappeared, the heir to the throne of an ancient empire. His sister is accused of his death. Instead of defending herself, she calls on a dream figure to stand by her. And her knight, who loyally comes, wins her cause and her heart. Only who he actually is, she is never to ask. Elsa and Lohengrin could now be a happy ruling couple. But the ban on questions opposes the urge to know, the romantic wonder is opposed by the desire to know, enlightenment is not compatible with blind faith. The doubts that her adversaries awaken in Elsa – Ortrud, who clings to the old gods, and Telramund, who has lost his honour – are naturally sown in every human. In Wagner's music, the seductive as well as the risky of Lohengrin's desire gains expression as he longs for love for its own sake. Kornél Mundruczó's new production explores the ambivalent potential inherent in the design of a man superior to the normal, endowed with supernatural powers. For him, Lohengrin is, "the most provocatively inhuman figure in the entire operatic cosmos." The action takes place in a posthuman world in which a group of survivors, full of fear and full of questions, hope for redemption.


  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Bayerischer Staatsopernchor und Extrachor der Bayerischen Staatsoper