Opera director Yuval Sharon will stage Wagner’s Lohengrin at this year’s Bayreuth Festival. He will be the first American to mount a production at the festival, which was founded by Wagner himself in 1876.
About his upcoming debut, Yuval said:
“The truth is, the opportunity to contribute to the festival’s legacy, in the house of Gesamtkunstwerk, is an honour much larger than any national or religious ‘record-breaking.’ But in a theatre that once extolled German values over all others, it is beautiful to see international artists invited to participate in articulating, celebrating, and examining the work of a creator who transformed the genre of opera.”
Yuval’s opera productions include Andrew Norman’s A Trip to the Moon for the LA Phil, Peter Eötvös’ Three Sisters at the Wiener Staatsoper, Wagner’s Die Walküre and John Adams’ Doctor Atomic in Karlsruhe, and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in Cleveland. His work has been lauded as “ingenious” (New York Times), “virtuosic” (Opernwelt), “dizzyingly spectacular” (New York Magazine), and “staggering” (Opera News).
Yuval’s production of Lohengrin will open the Bayreuth Festival on Wednesday 25 July, with subsequent performances on 29 July and 2, 6, 10 August. For more information, visit the festival website.
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Director: Yuval Sharon
Stage design and costumes: Neo Rauch & Rosa Loy
Heinrich der Vogler: Georg Zeppenfeld
Lohengrin: Piotr Beczała
Elsa von Brabant: Anja Harteros
Friedrich von Telramund: Tomasz Konieczny
Ortrud: Waltraud Meier
Der Heerrufer des Königs: Egils Silins
First Elder: Michael Gniffke
Second Elder: Eric Laporte
Third Elder: Raimund Nolte
Fourth Elder: Timo Riihonen