San Francisco Opera broadcasts continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, September 28th, with a performance of Lohengrin by Richard Wagner. The composer also wrote the libretto. The performance will be sung in German and will run approximately four hours and thirty minutes.
The prayers of a desperate woman are answered in the form of a noble warrior in Wagner's most accessible opera, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor" (San Francisco Chronicle) who was an electrifying Siegmund in Die Walküre (2011). As his doubt-plagued bride, soprano Camilla Nylund "evokes an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa's account of her mysterious savior" (Gramophone). This production "offers a potent reminder of why Wagner's great Romantic score reigns supreme for many opera lovers" (San Jose Mercury News) and features veteran Wagnerians Kristinn Sigmundsson, Gerd Grochowski and Petra Lang. Nicola Luisotti conducts his first Wagner opera for San Francisco Opera.
Lohengrin: Brandon Jovanovich
Elsa von Brabant: Camilla Nylund
Ortrud: Petra Lang
Friedrich von Telramund: Gerd Grochowski
Heinrich der Vogler: Kristinn Sigmundsson
King's Herald: Brian Mulligan