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Thu 13 Jun, Sat 15 Jun (ARCHIVED LISTING)
A sumptuous romantic opera on a grand scale.
A shadow has been cast upon the broken land of Brabant, but little do its people realise, greater forces are at work. Elsa, the daughter of the late ruler, stands accused of the murder of her missing brother. Elsa is awe-struck when the knight she has dreamed of arrives on a boat led by a swan to defend her honour. In return for his help she must marry this stranger and on no account must she ask his name. The heavens finally seem to smile upon Elsa. However, forces of evil conspire to throw her mind into doubt, jeopardising her happiness and her own life.
Wagner’s Lohengrin is a sumptuous romantic opera on a grand scale. Lothar Koenigs and the Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera have an international reputation as accomplished interpreters of Wagner’s operas. An exciting cast of singing actors has been assembled for this new production which promises to be a major event in the bicentenary year of the composer’s birth.
Richard Wagner
Supported by the WNO Lohengrin Syndicate
Lothar Koenigs
Director and Designer Antony McDonald
Cast includes
Lohengrin Peter Wedd
Elsa Emma Bell
Ortrud Susan Bickley
Friedrich von Telramund John Lundgren
Heinrich Matthew Best
Herald Simon Thorpe
• Sung in German with surtitles in English
• All performances start at 5.30pm
Thu 13 & Sat 15 June, 4.30pm
Please note that you will need a ticket to attend the pre-performance talks which can be obtained when booking your performance tickets. The pre performance talks are free to attend however admission to the talks cannot be guaranteed without a ticket.

Monday 10 June, 7pm – 9pm
Lohengrin and Wagner Dream
Learn more about the operas in David Pountney’s first two themed seasons. You will be expertly introduced to the stories, music and background of each opera.
£8 per person. £4 if you book at the same time for performances of Lohengrin.
***** "Ideal for people who haven’t seen the opera before… All in all, a glorious night of opera, and a worthy successor to WNO’s 2010 Meistersinger” Financial Times
***** “WNO’s production, conducted by Lothar Koenigs, is a glorious, engrossing evening of opera” The Financial Times
**** “The WNO chorus are unreservedly glorious” The Guardian
**** “Koenigs kept the tension electrically charged, emphasizing its robust and brilliant elements and bringing Act III to a thrilling climax” The Telegraph
**** “It looked wonderful. It sounded pretty wonderful too.” The Telegraph
**** “This is a company achievement” The Times
“Designed and directed in a new staging by Antony McDonald was a tour de force.” The Observer
“One of the operatic highlights of the year” The Stage



Thu & Sat Eves at 5.30pm


Dining at Circle

Birmingham Hippodrome’s popular restaurant, situated on Middle Circle level of the theatre foyer, is the perfect venue for a matinee lunch or an evening dinner. Come a little earlier, meet up with friends and relax over good food and a chance to browse through the programme, just a short walk from your seats in the auditorium. Click above for more details, sample menus and online reservations.

Eat and Drink at Stageside
Just over the road from our stage door on Thorp Street, StageSide is our casual, brasserie style experience with a lively bar and quick service.  Ideal as a place to meet friends before or after your Hippodrome visit, you might even bump into cast members and musicians as it’s a popular post-show haunt.  Pop in for a coffee or a drink, or a tasty dish or two from our simple modern British menu, all at attractive prices. Click above for more details and sample menus.

Indulge yourself with our mouthwatering canapés and champagne, served at your own reserved foyer table either pre-show or during the interval. To book call 0844 338 9000. Click above for more info and a sample canapé selection.

Quick Bites at Deli Bar
If you are short on time and looking for a quick and tasty bite to eat before the show, our Deli Bar offers the perfect solution. Situated on Front Circle Foyer, in front of our main entrance, the Deli Bar offers a selection of hot or cold dishes as well as a variety of delicious sandwiches, desserts, cakes and hot and cold drinks. Click above for more info.

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Our bars, conveniently positioned on each main foyer level serve a great range of wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks, Champagne by the bottle or glass and fresh 'bean to cup' coffee.
Sat 15 June


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