Piotr Beczala Leads Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Lohengrin’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Paola Kudacki / Met Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera is set to present Wagner’s masterpiece “Lohengrin” for the first time in 17 years.

The company will present a new production by renowned director François Girard, who created productions for “Der Fliegende Hollander” and “Parsifal” for the Met.

The new production will see Girard collaborate with artist and designer Tim Yip who won an Oscar for art direction on the 2000 movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and is also known for his work on the 2004 Athens Olympics closing ceremony. Yip has created sets and costumes for the new production.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will return to the Met for the second time this season and will lead a cast that includes Piotr Beczala in the title role, sopranos Tamara Wilson and Elena Stikhina sharing the role of duchess Elsa, and soprano Christine Goerke as Ortrud.

Bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin will sing the role of Telramund, and bass Günther Groissböck will sing King Heinrich.

“Lohengrin” will open on Feb. 26 and will be performed through April April. The March 18 performance will be transmitted to cinemas worldwide as part of the company’s The Met: Live in HD series while the March 2 and 18 performances of Lohengrin will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM Channel 355.