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Until November 1


By Richard Wagner



October 15-November 1


Richard Wagner


Starting at $26

Run Time

4 hours and 24 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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The Buzz

“Rich in vocal splendor and conducted with tender specificity by
Music Director Eun Sun Kim
San Francisco Chronicle

“[Eun Sun] Kim led a magnificent performance of expansive grandeur, marked by musical coherence, sonic beauty, and a sense of inexorable forward movement.
—San Francisco Classical Voice

New Zealand tenor Simon O'Neill combined heroic power and clarion phrasing to create a gleaming portrait of this otherworldly adventurer.
—San Francisco Chronicle

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OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for the first three performances.

A Reflection on Lohengrin

We present Lohengrin at a very difficult time in the world, including the conflict in Israel and Gaza and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. The drama of Lohengrin has inherently militaristic underpinnings, and that theme is explored more fully in this production. The personal journey of the protagonists takes place against a backdrop of a society undergoing a gradual militarization. The king is obsessed with raising an army, and the community is pulled into the fervor of his militaristic aspirations – somewhat forced, somewhat idolatrized. Gradually the community adopts the forms and symbols of a fascistic society – the hand gestures, banners and, in this case, the iconography of the swan – symbols that carry deep and painful meanings. Even Lohengrin, a Knight of the Grail, finds himself pulled inexorably into this military build-up, appointed by the King to lead the army. But Lohengrin is there to save Elsa, not to wage war, and his decision to leave is a result both of a forbidden question being asked and to avoid being pulled further into this conflict. As he leaves, the large red military banners of Act III fall to the ground and the King’s vision of a fascistic society is crushed. We are not sure what regime change will mean, but the potential for peace does now exist. As we present this story of a society pulled into militarized conflict, we reflect on the millions of people currently living through such a reality.


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.



* 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.

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