Jonas Kaufmann's role debut as Wagner's Lohengrin, at the Munich Festival, was the operatic event of 2009: his triumphant portrayal - sung with the Italianate beauty specified by the composer - was greeted with rapturous public and critical acclaim.
Wagners Lohengrin is the mythical tale of the mysterious Knight of the Grail, who appears to defend the princess Elsa wrongly accused of the murder of her brother. Highlights of Wagners most lyrical score include the famous Wedding March, which accompanies the marriage of Lohengrin and Elsa.
The role of Elsa demands a voice of beauty and dramatic power, and German soprano Anja Harteros - a former winner of the prestigious Cardiff Singer Of The World competition - is ideally cast.
Richard Jones's richly re-imagined production explores potent metaphors of national and personal construction and deconstruction.
This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.