Dutch National Opera


How unconditional can love be, and how blind is trust? These questions are addressed in several of Wagner’s operas, but rarely as intensely as in Lohengrin.

How much mystery can human beings bear?

Elsa is caught up in a political conflict and has been accused of the murder of her brother, the heir to the throne. In desperation, she calls on a knight who appeared to her in her dreams. Suddenly the apparition of her dreams materialises before her and comes to her aid. Love blossoms between the two of them, yet the stranger imposes an unusual condition: Elsa must never ask him his name. But are human beings able to bear such a great mystery?

After Richard Strauss’s late Romantic opera Der Rosenkavalier in the spring of 2023, chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti will tackle this ultimate German Romantic opera. Lohengrin is his fist immersion into Wagner’s operatic world with its extended melodies, motifs of foreboding and grand drama. After their work on Puccini’s Turandot, Lorenzo Viotti will once more collaborate with the Chorus of Dutch National Opera. 

Psychologically profound directorial style

Christof Loy, a favourite with audiences, is responsible for the stage direction. He has made a deep impression in previous productions that stand out for their psychologically profound interpretations and strong musicality – recently with his productions of Wagner’s Tannhäuser (2019) and Humperdinck’s Königskinder (2022).


Viotti and Loy will work with a cast of exceptional performers. The tenor Daniel Behle, who recently made a brilliant DNO debut as Der Königssohn in Königskinder, will be performing the title role. The soprano Malin Byström, whom Amsterdam audiences have previously seen in incisive interpretations of Salome and Tosca, will now be taking on Elsa. The seasoned Wagner singers Thomas Johannes Mayer (who sung Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Martina Serafin (who was Brünnhilde in Die Walküre) are returning to DNO as the sinister couple Friedrich von Telramund and Ortrud.

Performance information

Romantic opera in three acts 
Sung in German


Musical direction  Lorenzo Viotti
Stage direction  Christof Loy 
Set design  Philipp Fürhofer
Costume design  Barbara Drosihn
Lighting design  Cor van den Brink
Video design  Ruth Stofer
Choreography  Klevis Elmazaj
Dramaturgy  Niels Nuijten


Heinrich der Vogler  Anthony Robin Schneider
Lohengrin  Daniel Behle
Elsa von Brabant  Malin Byström
Friedrich von Telramund  Thomas Johannes Mayer
Ortrud  Martina Serafin
Der Heerrufer des Königs  Björn Bürger


Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus Master  Edward Ananian-Cooper


Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra


Photo: Marta Syrko

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