Wagner's Lohengrin

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

One secret protects one great love in Wagner’s mystical romantic opera. Celebrated Wagnerian tenor Simon O’Neill makes his Houston Grand Opera debut as the knight Lohengrin, whose pure love is threatened by common human greed. Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka sings the misguided Elsa, bewitched into betraying the very one she loves.

Soprano Christine Goerke is the sorceress Ortrud and Richard Paul Fink plays her husband Frederick of Telramund, who will stop at nothing to gain the throne. Daniel Slater directs this grand-scale production, conducted by HGO Music Director Patrick Summers.

 

Cast:

Lohengrin: Simon O’Neill
Elsa of Brabant: Adrianne Pieczonka
King Heinrich: Günther Groissböck
Frederick of Telramund: Richard Paul Fink
Ortrud: Christine Goerke
Royal Herald: Ryan McKinny
Gottfried: Rutger Heijermans & Jack Malone
Nobles: Brendan Tuohy, Octavio Moreno, Michael Sumuel & Adam Cioffari

CONDUCTOR: Patrick Summers
STAGE DIRECTOR: Daniel Slater 
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER: Richard Bado
APPROX. LENGTH: 4 hours 30 minutes

Comments [6]

Stephen J. Herschkorn from Highland Park

What's going on with the broadcast? I am hearing audience sounds (talking, applause) over the music at inappropriate times.

Oct. 30 2010 04:07 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Today's broadcast performance of Houston's Lohengrin with Simon O'Neill backs up my assertion in the previous commentary, that lyric tenors can find much to display to their best advantage for their own vocal timbre and their other vocal attributes. When I earlier commented on Melchior, I meant to say that the recordings of Melchior in his LIVE performances did not do him justice. They under-represented the sheer power of his voice so ideally meant for heroic utterance, so rightly-judged "a mighty force of nature." His voice was capable of expressing the heroic demands of Wagner's operas, be they Lohengrin or Die Meistersinger, which IMHO do sound better sung by the heldentenor voice. The other singers in the Houston Lohengrin were well cast, as they vocally met the challenges of their respective roles. Christine Goerke as Ortrud, Adrianne Preczonka as Elsa, Guenther Groissboeck as the King, Richard Paul Fink as Telramund, and Ryan McKinny as the Herald, all did themselves proud. Maestro Patrick Summers allowed the singers to nuance their performances, yet kept everything moving at the traditional tempis.

Oct. 30 2010 03:02 PM
concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

What time does the last swan leave for Elmont?

Oct. 30 2010 02:29 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Lohengrin is a singular opera, along with Die Meistersinger, wherein both the lyric tenor, most especially the Italian lyric tenor, and the Germanic heldentenor, heroic tenor, have despite their distinctively different voice timbre and power potentials classifications found great success and a vocally-enhanced possibilities in the title role of Lohengin. The greatest Wagnerian heldentenor Lauritz Melchior and Caruso sang the role to deserved recognition of the way the role favored their respective voices. Caruso sang the role at Buenos Aires' Teatro Colon in Italian. Many of Italy's most famous tenors also sang the role in Italian, even at the Metropolitan Opera in its early years. His "Met" performances heard in the "house" far outdo their recorded representations. His voice, like many super heroic-sized voices, are compensated either by non-sophisticated or early-on recording apparatus. NO singer today or since Melchior has ever had that combination of "echt" Wagnerian timbre, power or stamina that the Great Dane, as he was affectionately nicknamed, possessed uniquely.

Oct. 30 2010 01:04 PM
Jonathan brown

I see you changed it from Ariodante to Lohengrin. Thank You

Oct. 29 2010 04:00 PM
Jonathan Brown

You already broadcast this opera.

Oct. 29 2010 03:51 PM

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