Gallery: 'Estonia' theater premieres 'Lohengrin'

The premiere of Richard Wagner's opera
The premiere of Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin," staged by Michel Dykema. Source: ERR

The Estonian National Opera premiered on Thursday night the legendary opera "Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner under the direction of Michel Dykema.

The Estonian National Opera is presenting Richard Wagner's romantic opera "Lohengrin," which had its world premiere in Weimar in 1850.

Arvo Volmer, the artistic director and chief conductor of the Estonian National Opera said that it had been nearly a century since "Lohengrin" had been performed on the Estonian stage. "The time had come to perform it once more."

"Estonia" will be staging another six performances in May, June and September.

This century, "Estonia" has staged five Wagner works in total with the most recent productions of "Lohengrin" in the 1920s and 1930s.

The opera is produced by Michiel Dijkema, a Dutch director and artist who received numerous international honors. The primary roles are performed by guest soloist from Romania, Germany, Finland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, in addition to Estonian vocalists.

Wagner's opera, the director said, is a unique universe that entirely absorbs the audience. "The story is driven by the courage to fight, a thirst for power, passionate love and deep faith."

"Wagner is a maestro of magic, enchanted music and story-telling. And a clear storyline is very important; it must bring the protagonists and their emotions to the foreground. But it is also a story that raises many questions," Dijkema said.

The rehearsal of "Lohengrin," staged by Michel Dykema. Source: Siim Vahur


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