Ballads and epic Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Loewe, Liszt and Wolf.
The icing on the cake for our Wagner aficionados: Lohengrin. Opera Vlaanderen presents a new take on Wagner's stylistically most advanced romantic opera by the leading American director David Alden. The production will serve as both a high point and a glorious send-off for the genre. In Lohengrin, too, Wagner's favourite theme of redemption is at the core, but this time, the accent is on its illusory nature.
By situating the Lohengrin legend in a historical context – the German Empire in the 10th century – Richard Wagner was able to imbue the fairytale content with an unmistakable social dimension. The misunderstood Lohengrin, who demands unconditional love and trust, stands for the metaphysically driven artist whose 'mission' must be understood intuitively.
Director David Alden, whose is known for his virtuoso handling of choral and crowd scenes, is the ideal figure to illuminate the political and social dimensions of Wagner's opera. After his debut with Pelléas et Mélisande in 2017-2018, the Argentinian maestro Alejo Pérez will once again provide spirited musical direction. Lohengrin is a coproduction with Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London.