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Lohengrin Through the Years at San Francisco Opera
Tonight is San Francisco Opera's last performance of Richard Wagner's knight of the swan tale, Lohengrin. As we get set to drop the curtain on this amazing opera we thought it fitting to take a look back through SF Opera's history and past presentations of Lohengrin.









The first San Francisco Opera Lohengrin cast in 1931 (left to right) Friedrich Schorr (Telramund), Maria Mueller (Elsa), Gotthelf Pistor (Lohengrin) Louis D'Angelo (Henrich), and Arnold Gabor (Herald). Photo by Morton Photography.


 
Lohengrin cast from 1937 takes bow: (L to R) Julius Huehn (Telramund). Kathryn Meisle (Ortrud), Kirsten Flagstad (Elsa), and Lauritz Melchior (Lohengrin). Photo by Morton Photography.



A scene from Lohengrin featuring Astrid Varnay (center) as Elsa in 1946. Photo by Morton Photograpy.



Inge Borkh (left) looking stern as Elsa and Brian Sullivan as Lohengrin from our 1955 production. Photo by Robert Lackenbach.



A serious moment with Jess Thomas (Lohengrin) laying down the law to Chester Ludgin (Telramund) in 1965. Photo by Pete Peters.



Janis Martin (Ortrud) giving it to Raimund Herinex (Telramund) in the 1978 production. Photo by Rob Scherl.



In 1982 Pilar Lorengar (left) took a turn as Elsa and Leonie Rysanek portrayed Ortrud. Photo by Ron Scherl.


Our Elsa and Lohengrin of 1996 were Karita Mattila and Ben Heppner. Photo by Ron Scherl.
 
Interested in learning more about San Francisco Opera's past performances? Then check out San Francisco Opera Archive for a full Company history of productions, casts and photos.
 
Posted: 11/9/2012 11:40:23 AM by San Francisco Opera


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