Saturday, March 25, 2023, 12:00 pm
Production: François Girard
Set and Costume Designer: Tim Yip
Lighting Designer: David Finn
Projection Designer: Peter Flaherty
Choreographer: Serge Bennathan
Wagner’s masterpiece Lohengrin, in a new production by internationally renowned director François Girard, transmits live to cinemas worldwide for the first time as part of The Met: Live in HD series. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, leads the critically acclaimed cast, with tenor Piotr Beczała—praised for his “shining musical performance” (The New York Times) and “natural warmth” (Financial Times)—singing the title role of the swan knight. The cast also includes much-praised soprano Tamara Wilson as the virtuous duchess Elsa and soprano Christine Goerke as the cunning sorceress Ortrud. Distinguished bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin is Ortrud’s power-hungry husband, Telramund, and celebrated bass Günther Groissböck is King Heinrich.
Girard, creating his third Wagner production at the Met following his revelatory Parsifal, collaborates with award-winning multidisciplinary artist and designer Tim Yip—who won an Oscar for art direction on the 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and is also known for his work on the 2004 Athens Olympics closing ceremony—to create sets and costumes that convey the opera’s otherworldly dimension.
Gary Halvorson directs the Live in HD presentation. Baritone Christopher Maltman serves as the host, sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes access during intermissions.