Lohengrin, Royal Opera, April 2022

In May 1849 after completing Lohengrin, Wagner was on the barricades with the rebels, at least according to his own account, but when Prussian troops arrived he moved to Switzerland. Like the master, his hero Lohengrin, having saved Elsa from certain death, declines to lead the troops into battle, and moves home to the Knights of the Grail — my review of The Royal Opera’s revival of their 2018 production in The Article.

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