Calixto Bieito opens Lohengrin in Berlin

Calixto Bieito opens Lohengrin in Berlin


norman lebrecht

November 30, 2021

Amid darkening skies and rising Corona infections, the Spanish controversialist finally stages a long-postponed Lohengrin tonight in Berlin.

‘It’s about justice and democracy,’ he says.


Artistic Director Matthias Schulz: “LOHENGRIN, with Calixto Bieito, was one of the planned highlights of last season – so we were extremely grateful to our partner ZDF/ARTE that the premiere could take place on TV and online. We thus had a goal in mind, were able to rehearse the production and make it repertoire-ready and, above all, let the audience participate at least from home. But opera is created in space and therefore the live premiere is now something very special for everyone involved – it is very moving to know that this is now finally being performed for an audience!”
Tomorrow, just two days after our world premiere of Peter Eötvös’ SLEEPLESS, Calixto Bieito’s production of LOHENGRIN will finally celebrate its live premiere – with Andreas Schager in the title role and Elza Van den Heever as Elsa von Brabant.
Conductor Thomas Guggeis, the Staatskapellmeister of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and designated General Music Director of the Frankfurt Opera from the 2023/24 season, will make his debut with this opera.
The other ensemble members include Gábor Bretz (Heinrich der Vogler), as well as Martin Gantner (Friedrich von Telramund), Ekaterina Gubanova (Ortrud) and Adam Kutny (Heerrufer des Königs), who have already sung at the TV and online premiere. ‘





  • erich says:

    Well at least they’ve ditched the totally miscast Alagna and Pintscher this time. Can only get better, even if it does look like the municipal rubbish dump.

  • RW2013 says:

    If a Bieito production was a “planned highlight”, then the Staatsoper has a problem.

  • PeterB says:

    I was there. Schager’s Lohengrin was magnificent, Gubanova as Ortrud was the force of nature she always is. Bieito’s production was often confusing but always impressive, and it offered exactly why I appreciate Regietheater: images and actions that force me to rethink the characters and the story.

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Bieito? Are people still giving this car-crash, post-1970s Eurotrash fraud oxygen?

  • operacentric says:

    Having searched vainly online for a stream or scheduled broadcast and found last year’s dreadful clip of Alagna in the final few minutes, I finally worked out what the press release is talking about! Premiere in front of a live audience of Bieito’s planned and executed production from last season! In other words, the first revival of Lohengrin opened this week!