Wagner's 'Lohengrin' -
'... a delight to watch.'
This Baden-Baden production is sufficiently muddle-headed not to trouble the music. As stage
director, Nikolaus Lehnhoff has rightly observed that in Solveig Kringelborn he has an Elsa who
may indeed be fatally inquisitive but is so visually captivating that in the prelude she may as
well play the part of the grail itself. Her gradual emanation from the shadows is a delight to
[DVD1 chapter 2, 2:59-4:37].
Perhaps she is dreaming of the grail or indeed its knight, who will defend her against the
appalling charge of fratricide. In this matter she is monomaniac against all odds, as was
Chaplain's Hitler, when he played with the world-balloon to the same accompaniment.
Solveig Kringelborn as Elsa (left) and Waltraud Meier as Ortrud in 'Lohengrin'. DVD screenshot © 2006 Festspielhaus Baden-Baden/NHK/Opus Arte
Copyright © 29 March 2007
Robert Anderson, London UK