This afternoon, I will journey to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to see and hear the first night, no less, of Lohengrin. It will be deep into the darkness of the evening before I journey back home. It will take, I believe, the best part of four hours.
According to this Summary and Comment:
It is difficult to find a role which is more handsome than Lohengrin. This is the reason why “Lohengrin” gained popularity among opera fans. The entrance scene on stage by a magic swan boat, and the dialogue scene with Elsa are outstanding.
In addition, the music of the scene of Elsa and Lohengrin’s wedding is known as the Wedding March. You can hear this March at many weddings these days.
That’s the conclusion of the comment bit about Lohengrin.
At the beginning of the summary bit, we learn that Lohengrin is set in “the first half of the tenth century”.
But if this ROH graphic (see here) is anything to go by, it will look, this evening, like this:
But, he’s holding a sword. And notice that shadow. With luck, this will be effective rather than clunky, mindful rather than mindless updating of the setting. I shall see.
And hear. What I hear will not be updated and made more relevant. That I can already be sure of.