04 August 2011

Hans Neuenfels: Lohengrin, Bayreuth 2011

Excerpts from Mark Berry's review on Wagneropera.net:

The orchestra was on fine form indeed, its strings silky and aspiring upwards in the First Act Prelude. (There was actually a minor slip here, but that merely served to highlight the excellence elsewhere.) Andris Nelsons fashioned an account of the score that was largely unobtrusive. There were occasions when his growing mannerism of slowing things down excessively and thereafter speeding up as if to compensate – almost like a giant-scale conception of rubato – manifested itself, but for the most part he proved himself a faithful guide. It may not have sounded like ‘great’ Wagner, but it was certainly good Wagner. The choral singing probably did qualify as ‘great’. I fear that I may become unduly repetitive extolling the excellence of Eberhard Friedrich’s chorus, but the extolling really needs to be done. And to think, all the time, the chorus members had to act their roles as individual rats too.

Telramund

Samuel Youn (Heerrufer), Georg Zeppenfeld (Heinrich) and Tómas Tómasson (Telramund). Photo: Enrico Nawrath / Bayreuther Festspiele


[...] Petra Lang was a magnificent Ortrud. Had I not heard – and equally importantly, seen – Waltraud Meier in the role, I should have been even more awestruck. As it was, she built up to a terrifying, blood-curdling climax at the tragic close, which even rivalled Meier. [...] Georg Zeppenfeld showed us an intriguing Henry the Fowler, powerful in his suggestion of diseased decadence: quite different from the norm, but compellingly so.


Lohengrin

It is a Lohengrin one does not easily forget: numbered laboratory rats provide an image that lodges itself in one’s mind, and makes one think, which is just what good musical drama should do. Klaus Florian Vogt and Annette Dasch. Photo: Enrico Nawrath / Bayreuther Festspiele

Read Mark Berry's review on Wagneropera.net



Lohengrin

Klaus Florian Vogt as Lohengrin.

Read Mark Berry's review on Wagneropera.net

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just Awful! Wagner must be turning in his grave! Get rid of this terrible production!

The Family Pondman said...

We can't agree more, it's terrible! The Tenor is even too light for Tamino and there's too much to tell about his technique. Do not even speak about the 'Inszenierung'! Who's in charge of this all, he does not know what the people want

Anonymous said...

Setting aside the production, which at least was never boring--I believe I am correct in saying that this is the first time a character on the operatic stage has given a PowerPoint presentation--I have to say that the orchestra, chorus, and soloists were all superb. Elsa's entrance in Act II was ethereal. If you've decided you are going to put rats on the stage, then I can't imagine it being brought off more technically brilliantly. I was in the 6th row, and the bright tenor voice of Vogt/Lohengrin was excellent. The applause for him at the end was thunderous.

The Family Pondman said...

It's obvious you can get positive and negative reactions, but hear also the enormous Boooh calls in the applause in the beginning 2:12 and 2:19 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co-6qPkSC6o

And will we achieve in future that the people and the crowd again won't be limited by so called Wagnerians, we must look for interpretations, musicality, voices etc. who achieved an enormous public in the 19th and first half of the 20th century. And then we can honor wagner again in the way we should!