Deutsche Grammophon has announced the release of Wagner’s “Lohengrin.”
The hotly anticipated DVD features Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala in their role debuts from the Semperoper Dresden. It will also feature Evelyn Herlitzius and Tomasz Konieczny and George Zeppenfeld under the direction of Christian Thielemann.
When the opera premiered in 2016, Opera News noted, “The results were flabbergasting- this was a ridiculously good performance. The forty-four-year-old soprano sang a lush, mature-sounding Elsa with undeniable bel canto shadings, utterly at home in Wagner’s Romantic universe. Bayreuth’s music director Christian Thielemann-arguably today’s leading Wagner maestro-led the magnificent forces of the Dresden Staatskapelle in a grandly sweeping account of the score.”
They added, “The Act II finale, with Beczala’s fragile, yearning “Heil dir, Elsa! Nun lass’ vor Gott und geh’n” against the church organ and the gradual swell of the orchestra and full chorus was nothing short of spine tingling.”
The DVD is scheduled for release on Blu-Ray, DVD, and 4K and is slated to be released internationally on July 7. No date has been announced for the United States.