06 March 2009

Lohengrin String Puppets at Staatsoper in Berlin

Close-up up a swan (NOT part of the Herheim production)

An exciting new production for Wagner lovers this season is Stefan Herheim's Lohengrin production at Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin. Can the team who produced the awesome Parsifal at Bayreuth last summer repeat the success with this Lohengrin?

Wagneropera.net asked Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach about Lohengrin and Team Herheim's new production at Staatsoper, now being rehearsed as this is written. Dramaturg Meier-Dörzenbach has been working with Herheim for ten years.

Alexander Meier-DörzenbachWhat can we expect to experience at the premiere 4 April?

Well, it is certainly going to be interesting to see how they solve the use of string puppets. Meier-Dörzenbach says that Wagner's "ardent, passionate and somewhat naive belief in authoritarian guidance is of central interest to our starting point". Elsa will no doubt be an important character in the production. Meier-Dörzenbach sees her producing in her opening aria the redeeming work of art, Lohengrin. Art or real life, poetry or wisdom, knowledge or belief, curiosity or blind obedience?

The production will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim. The cast includes Kwangchul Youn René Pape, Burkhard Fritz, Dorothea Röschmann, Gerd Grochowski, Michaela Schuster, and Arttu Kataja. Pape has been absent due to illness during the rehearsals so far.

Read the interview at Wagneropera.net:
Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach: Since we will be working with string puppets, it is rather difficult to state what kind of "person" Lohengrin is

(The photo of the swan is not part of the production)

Staatsoper Berlin

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