Just in: Bayreuth’s new Lohengrin is Piotr Beczalamain
Just as we predicted.
He’s the only big name left standing at short notice.
And the first Pole to sing a title role at the unreformed Wagner festival.
He knows the work, having made his Lohengrin debut in May 2016 at Dresden, opposite Anna Netrebko (who turned down Bayreuth).
Unlike the defecting Roberto Alagna, he is fluent in German and works well with the conductor Christian Thielemann.