Katharina Wagner has let it be known that next year’s new Lohengrin production (succeeding the one with the rats) will feature Robert Alagna as the hero and Anja Harteros as Elsa. The sought-after Harteros replaces Anne Netrebko, the original choice of conductor Christian Thielemann.
There is combustive potential in that team.
Waltraud Meier returns as Ortrud after an incredibly long absence, Georg Zeppenfeld sings King Heinrich and Tomasz Konieczny is Telramund. The show will be staged by Bayreuth’s first American director, Yuval Sharon.
What can possibly go wrong?
In other Bayreuth news: Placido Domingo will conduct next summer’s Walküre.