Lohengrin

 

Richard Wagner Lohengrin opera to libretto by the composer. Directed 2009 by Richard Jones at the Munich Festival. Stars Jonas Kaufmann (Lohengrin), Anja Harteros (Elsa), Wolfgang Koch (Telramund), Michaela Schuster (Ortrud), Christof Fischesser (König Heinrich), and Evgeny Nikitin (Herald). Kent Nagano conducts the Bayerisches Staatsorchester. Set and costume design by Ultz; lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin; video direction by Karina Fibich. Released 2014, disc has dts-HD Master Audio surround sound. Grade: NA

Another 5-year-old  performance that Decca is finally publishing. Why the delay? Well, this came out in DVD in 2010. Many Amazon customers loved the singing but hated the direction by Richard Jones. Sales of the DVD were probably not red-hot.

But see the stoutly enthusiastic comment (slightly edited) below from John Aitken defending Jones and stating that the production gained popularity over time through several revivals. So it appears that the time is finally ripe for this Lohengrin.