Lohengrin

Lohengrin's premiere was in 1850 with Franz Liszt conducting.

Wagner was in exile and could not attend the premiere. The first production was a disappointment, and Wagner began talking about a festival theatre built by himself, an idea that later manifested itself in the Bayreuth Festival House.

The first time Lohengrin was performed in Bayreuth was in 1894.

Lohengrin productions the first years after the world premiere in 1850

1850 World premiere with Franz Liszt conducting. Wagner was in exile and could not attend the premiere. The first time Lohengrin was performed at the Bayreuth Festival was in 1894.
1853 Wiesbaden
1854 Frankfurt a.M.
Leipzig

Darmstadt
1855 Hamburg
Hannover

Köln
1856 Karlsruhe
Praha
Mainz

Würzburg
1858 München
Wien
1859 Berlin
Dresden (Richard Wagner attended the production)
Mannheim
1860 Danzig
Königsberg

 

 

Lohengrin Act 1 Prelude Timings

7’31” Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony, 29 December 1951
7'42" Erich Leinsdorf, Metropolitan, 2 January 1943 (CD)
7’44” Fritz Reiner, Pittsburgh Symphony, 1941
7’53” Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony, 17 March + 6 May 1941
8’04” Artur Bodanzky, Berlin State Opera Orchestra, 1927
8’05” Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony, 1954
8'07” Andris Nelsons, Bayreuth Festival, 2011
8’14” Bruno Walter, New York Philharmonic, 1944
8’18” Rafael Kubelik, Symphonieorch. des Bayerischen Rundfunks, 1971
8’19” Otto Klemperer, Budapest, 1948
8'22" Sir Adrian Boult, New Philharmonia Orchestra, 1958 (Seraphim)
8'27" Rudolf Kempe, Wiener Philharmoniker 1962-63 (CD)
8’30” Marek Janowski, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
8’30” Bruno Walter, Columbia Symphony, 1959
8’30” Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony, 1960
8’31” Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony, 22 October 1951
8’33” Fritz Busch, Buenos Aires, 1936
8’35” Arturo Toscanini, New York Philharmonic,1936
8'36" André Cluytens, Bayreuth, 23 July, 1958 (CD)
8’36” Fritz Busch, New York, 1945
8'39" Kent Nagano, Baden-Baden, 2006 (DVD)
8’45” Fritz Busch, New York, 1947
8'50" Sebastian Weigle, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 2006 (DVD)
8’50” Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony, 22 February 1941
9’01” Wilhelm Furtwängler, Lucerne, 1949
9'04" Peter Schneider, Bayreuth Festival, 1990 (DVD)
9’05” Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony, 1938
9’05” Wilhelm Furtwängler, Lucerne, 1947
9’24” Arturo Toscanini, La Scala Orchestra, 1946
9’26” Fritz Reiner, Philadelphia Orchestra, 1932
9’35” Wilhelm Furtwängler, Berlin, 1930
9’45” Erich Kleiber, Copenhagen, 1953
9’45” Karl Böhm, Vienna, 1980
9’48” Wilhelm Furtwängler, Vienna, 1954
9’52” Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia, 1960
9’56” Karl Böhm,Vienna, 1965
10’02” Artur Bodanzky, New York, 1935
10'10" Joseph Keilberth, Bayreuth Festival, 1953 (CD)

Sources: Jonathan Brown: Great Wagner Conductors, Per-Erik Skramstad

Lohengrin Vorspiel Act 1: Claudio Abbado

 

 

 

Lohengrin (Peter Konwitschny) "Was er verbirgt" (Act 2)

 

 

 

Robert Dean Smith (Lohengrin) and Camilla Nylund (Elsa)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer. Richard Wagner - Lohengrin, Act 3, scene 1 & 2. Concertgebouw, 29 October 2010.
Camilla Nylund - sopran (Elsa), Robert Dean Smith - tenor (Lohengrin).