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Rats in Brabant, Lohengrin in Bayreuth
on 24 July 2012
The kontroversial Hans Neuenfels created an equally controversial mis-en-scéne of Wagners early opera, Lohengrin, in Bayreuth a few years ago, which has now become available on DVD in a masterful rendition with the rising German tenor, Klaus Florian Vogt, in the title role and Annette Dasch as his unhappy wife who cannot bear not to know the name of her beloved and by insisting on knowing it, precipitates his premature departure on his swan.
Musically, the opera is perhaps the most accesible of Wagner's operas and the orchestra here excels in presenting the beautiful score in all its splendour under the direction of the young conductor, Andris Nelsons. Vogt as the protagonist is outstanding, his voice and looks seem born to the role and may remind the listener of the prematurely deceased Fritz Wunderlich. Dasch is glorious as Elsa and the whole cast is in top form. You may have to accustom yourself to the foibles of Hans Neuenfels with rats being the courtiers and Elsa's lost brother literally being reborn out of the swan's huge egg, but once you have accepted this, your enjoyment and pleasure will be unadulterated. Highly recommended.Bought at Amazon.uk