Following the huge success of 2016’s Tannhauser, Melbourne Opera is excited to present Richard Wagner’s magnificent Romantic opera Lohengrin at the beautiful Regent Theatre.

Production Details

7, 10, 12, 19th August, 2017.
Regent Theatre, Melbourne.
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University
Running Time:
4hr 30m, with two twenty minute intervals.

Composer: Richard Wagner
Conductor: David Kram
Director: Suzanne Chaundy 
Starring: Marius Vlad, Helena Dix, Hrólfur Sæmundsson, Sarah Sweeting.

Following the huge critical and public success of 2016’s Tannhauser, Melbourne Opera is excited to present Richard Wagner’s magnificent Romantic opera Lohengrin at the beautiful Regent Theatre.

After his outstanding performance as Tannhauser, international Wagnerian tenor Marius Vlad returns to star as Lohengrin, the mysterious Knight of the Grail.

Melbourne born dramatic soprano Helena Dix, currently appearing at the Met, makes her Melbourne debut as Elsa von Brabant, and is joined by Sarah Sweeting as the evil Ortrud . Icelandic heldenbaritone Hrolfur Saemundsson makes his Australian debut as Telramund.

The 60 strong Melbourne Opera Chorus and 70 piece Melbourne Opera Orchestra are conducted by David Kram and Greg Hocking. The new production is directed by Suzanne Chaundy, whose production of Tannhauser was such a success.

Lohengrin contains some of Wagner’s most famous arias and stirring ensembles, including the famous Wedding Chorus, Overture and Prelude to Act 3, and Lohengrin’s moving In fernem land and Mein lieber Schwann. The opera will be sung in German with English subtitles.


Production Sponsor: Henkell Brothers Investment Managers

Press & Reviews

“Melbourne Opera delights audiences once again with its second Wagnerian opera, Lohengrin, a visual feast that’s well-cast and beautifully sung.”★★★★1/2
Herald Sun

“Our state’s opera scene has never looked stronger or healthier.”
Theatre People.

“The ideal approach to Wagner’s Lohengrin.”
The Australian

Cast & Crew

Lohengrin — Marius Vlad
Elsa — Helena Dix
Friedrich — Hrólfur Sæmundsson
Ortrud — Sarah Sweeting
Heinrich — Eddie Muliaumaseali’i
Heerufer — Philip Calcagno
Branbantisch Elders — Jason Wasley, Paul Biencourt, Matt Thomas, Alex Pokryshevsky
Gottfried — Dashiel Agar

James Ash, Ariel Chou, Ian Cook, Fiona Craig, Paul Dernelly, Andrew Dickinson, Dick Dowling, Sue Halls, Peter Hanway, Mark Henderson, Angela Hennel, Lavinia Ionescu, Robyn-Jane Lacey, Maree Macmillan, Bernie Nolan, Debra O’Connor, Alexandra Oke, George Opritescu, John Overberg, Sue Robertson Roland Seidl, Zoe Taylor, Norma Tovey, Robert Van Keulen, Richard Wilson, Cecily Woodberry, David Woodberry.


Conductor: David Kram
Director: Suzanne Chaundy
Producer: Greg Hocking AM
Head of Music & Chorus Master: Raymond Lawrence
Set Designer: Christina Logan-Bell
Video Designers: Yandell Walton
Animator: Tobias Edwards
Costume Designer: Lucy Wilkins
Lighting Designer: Lucy Birkinshaw
Multimedia: Olaf Meyer
Vapour Screen: Arthur Isparos
Repetiteur:  Konrad Olszewski, Peter de Jager
Assistant Director: Miki Oikawa
Stage Manager: Sarah Grey
Assistant Stage Manger: Kirsty Walker. Lachlan O’Connor
Surtitles: Felicity Baldock
Hair, Make-up & Wigs: Taylor Elliott
Warbrobe Manager: Lauren Ritchie
Set Construction: Conductor: Greg Hocking Carroll
Fight Choreographer: Lyndall Grant
Company Manager: Robbie McPhee
Production Assistant: Claudia de Sessa