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By Richard Wagner



October 15-November 1


Richard Wagner


Starting at $26

Run Time

4 hours and 20 minutes with two intermissions



His Secret is Her Obsession.

He arrived from her dreams to save her from a nightmare. Trapped in a scheme to frame her for her brother’s disappearance, Elsa von Brabant prays for a savior to rescue her. And one appears: a knight conveyed by a beautiful swan. He has only one request: that Elsa must never ask his name.

Can Elsa trust her life and love to a stranger whose mysterious identity is eating away at her? Lohengrin marks the beginning of Music Director Eun Sun Kim’s journey through the works of Richard Wagner, creating a new generation of Wagnerian experiences that will speak to the soul of our collective humanity.

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As the noblewoman Elsa faces charges of murder in the disappearance of her brother, heir to the duchy of Brabant, a mysterious knight appears to defend her honor—on the condition that she marry him without knowing his name.

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Creative Team


David Alden

Set Designer

Paul Steinberg


Maxine Braham *

Costume Designer

Gideon Davey *

Original Lighting Designer

Adam Silverman

Revival Lighting Designer

Simon Bennison *

Projection Designer

Tal Rosner *

* San Francisco Opera Debut

October 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 2023
November 1, 2023

Lohengrin is a co-production of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Opera Vlaanderen.
This production was first seen at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden on 30 April 2018.

Previous performances of Lohengrin can be found in our Archive.


Audio excerpts are from the 2012 cast of Lohengrin with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Nicola Luisotti.

Act III Prelude/San Francisco Opera Orchestra; Bridal Chorus/San Francisco Opera Chorus; “Fühl’ ich zu dir”/Brandon Jovanovich (Lohengrin) and Camilla Nylund (Elsa); “Einsam in trüben Tagen”/Camilla Nylund (Elsa); Entrance into the Cathedral /San Francisco Opera Chorus

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Barbara A. Wolfe; Dr. and Mrs. William M. Coughran; Jerome L. and Thao N. Dodson;
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; Bernard and Barbro Osher;
and Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem