Katharina Wagner, the composer's great-granddaughter, makes her Liceu debut with a new production starring Herlitzius and Vogt

A winter landscape. Three worlds at variance, like cubes suspended in the air. And in their midst, a nameless knight from a place as yet unknown. His sole mission is to save the defenceless, the victims of injustice. Elsa is one such victim and she is destined to marry the knight from Monsalvat. When his identity is revealed, the Brabantian conspirators will be defeated and a new order will emerge.

Katharina Wagner (the composer's great-granddaughter and the director of the Bayreuth Festival) makes her Barcelona debut in this opera, which is one Richard Wagner's most emblematic and also his most Romantic. Back in 1882, it was the first of his works ever seen here.

The cast also includes tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, warmly acclaimed as a Wagner specialist the world over, and Evelyn Herlitzius, back as Ortrud in the wake of her triumph in Elektra. Josep Pons returns to the orchestra pit to tackle another Wagner opera, following his successful renderings of the Der Ring des Nibelungen and Tristan und Isolde.


Romantic opera in three acts. Libretto by Richard Wagner. World premiere: 28/08/1850 at the Großherzogliches Hoftheater in Weimar. First Barcelona performance: 17/05/1882 at the Teatre de la Santa Creu. First Liceu performance: 06/03/1883. Last Liceu performance: 05/09/2012 (concert version). Number of Liceu performances: 245.

Artistic profile

Josep Pons
Stage director
Katharina Wagner
Set design
Marc Löhrer
Thomas Kaiser
Daniel Weber
Gran Teatre del Liceu and Oper Leipzig
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia


HeinrichGünther Groissböck
LohengrinKlaus Florian Vogt
Elsa de BrabantErin Wall
Friedrich de TelramundCarsten Wittmoser
Ortrud Evelyn Herlitzius
The King’s heraldRoman Trekel

March 2020

19Thursday19:00Turn Hbuy
22Sunday17:00Turn Tbuy
25Wednesday19:00Turn Bbuy
28Saturday19:00Turn Cbuy
31Tuesday19:00Turn Abuy

April 2020

3Friday19:00Turn Ebuy
5Sunday17:00Turn FADbuy

First act 1h
Interval 20m
Second act 1h 22m
Interval  20m
Third act 1h

Approximate running time 4h 15m

Information of Interest

Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.

Reasons not to miss'LOHENGRIN'

  • The Barcelona debut of Katharina Wagner, the composer's great-granddaughter.
  • Richard Wagner's most Romantic opera.
  • The first of Wagner's operas ever seen in Barcelona.