In short

Although Richard Wagner called Lohengrin a ‘Romantic opera’, the work presages his later music dramas. Certain sections can be seen as independent musical numbers, but the work is a through-composed entity. Even the famous Bridal Chorus, often performed separately, only truly comes into its own in the context of the opera. Romantic elements include the medieval setting and the character of the Knight of the Swan. As a higher being, he determines the destiny of the lead characters. His name, however, must remain a secret: a typical fairytale theme! The contrasts between Christianity and heathen forces give the opera extra tension.

Foto: Ruth Walz
Foto: Ruth Walz


Jannis Kounellis
The Italian-Greek visual artist Jannis Kounellis makes installations that, even in a museum, come across as ‘theatrical’. His strength is in the way he enters into a dialogue with the space. Kounellis uses pure, raw materials: metal, wood, stone, wool and jute. He designed a taut and imposing decor, with a large steel wall, like a closed-off world.

Pierre Audi

Resident director

PIERRE AUDI (stage director) became director of De Nederlandse Opera in 1988. As of 1 January 2013 he has become Director of Dutch National Opera. In the years of his leadership till september 2018 he is credited with giving the Netherlands its own opera tradition. His combined vision and audacity have earned him respect, both in the Netherlands and far beyond its borders, as both the Director of Dutch National Opera and as a stage director.

Marc Albrecht

Chief Conductor

Marc Albrecht, Chief Conductor of The Dutch National Opera and The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is known not only for his interpretations of works by Wagner and Richard Strauss, but also for his affinity for contemporary music.


In the four lead roles: Nikolai Schukoff (DNO debut) as Lohengrin, Juliane Banse as Elsa (earlier at DNO as Aminta in Il re pastore), Yevgeny Nikitin (DNO debut) as Telramund and Michaela Schuster (Ortrud), who sang Klytämnestra in Elektra and Waltraute in Götterdämmerung. The Chorus of Dutch National Opera has a prominent role in Lohengrin.