Hans Neuenfels Lohengrin released on DVD and Blue-Ray

Written By The Wagnerian on Friday, 8 June 2012 | 9:34:00 pm


What can we say? Well the critics liked it and one supposes if you have always wanted to mix Mice (although people keep telling us they are rats) and Wagner now is your opportunity to own your wish on DVD or Blue-ray.




König Heinrich Georg Zeppenfeld
Lohengrin Klaus Florian Vogt
Elsa Von Brabant Annette Dasch
Friedrich Von Telramund Jukka Rasilainen
Ortrud Petra Lang
Der Heerrufer Des Königs Samuel Youn

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus

Director Hans Neuenfels
Conductor Andris Nelsons

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, August 2011

2 x DVD
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- Lohengrin is staged by the enfant terrible Hans Neuenfels, and offers a thought-provoking production of brilliant visual clarity.
- The performance by Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role is staggering and impressive. There is beauty and purity in his voice, but in this role in particular, one truly senses something unheimlich, other-worldly, which fits superlatively both with work and production.
- Conductor Andris Nelsons brings out the best in the festival chorus and orchestra. It is a Lohengrin one does not easily forget and puts Bayreuth back in the vanguard of Wagner interpretation.
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Hans Neuenfels’s striking new production of Wagner’s fairytale opera gives this medieval story of doomed love and sorcery the Bayreuth treatment. As controversial as it is stimulating, this production was the talk of the 2011 Festival, and showcases a new generation of Wagnerian singing talent including soprano Annette Dasch and tenor Klaus Florian Vogt.

What the press said:
‘‘KFV has been singing the role of Lohengrin for 10 years, but he never before sang it so painfully truthful, so beautiful and pleadingly, powerfully and inspired. Vogt is the miracle of this production.’’
www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de

‘‘A magic moment of music theatre.’’
Handelsblatt