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Wagner - Lohengrin / Peter Hofmann, Karan Armstrong, Bernd Weikl, Elizabeth Connell, Leif Roar, Woldemar Nelsson, Bayreuth Opera (1982)

Gotz Friedrich , Siegfried Vogel  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gotz Friedrich, Siegfried Vogel, Richard Wagner, Roar, Connell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (DTS 5.1), German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Wagner's opera is presented in this Bayreuth Festival production of 1982, directed by Brian Large. Soloists include Siegfried Vogel, Peter Hofmann, Karan Armsrong, Leif Roar; Woldemar Nelsson conducts the choir and orchestra.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST LOHENGRIN AVAILABLE January 2, 2007
This is the best Lohengrin available. The Bayreuth forces under the direction of Woldemar Nelsson are excellent. The Bayreuth chorus is splendid throughout, and Lohengrin is an opera where the chorus performance is vital. The orchestra plays superbly except, perhaps, in the Prelude of Act I, which sounds less opulent than oither performances because of the fast tempo adopted by Nelsson. Peter Hoffmann is much better here than he was in the Metropolitan production. Karan Armstrong may have some vocal problems, mainly in the most dramatic moments of the opera, but her weaknesses convey the frailty of the character. In this aspect, she is a much more believable Elsa than Eva Marton, whose weighty voice does not suit the role. Leif Roar is a very good Telramund and so is Siegfried Vogel as the King. Elizabeth Connell is a surprise as Ortrud, both as a singer and as an actress. I did not expect so much from her in this role, but she is excellent. Of course, she cannot match the best Ortrud I have ever heard: Christa Ludwig in Rudolph Kempe's Lohengrin, available in CD (nor can Roar match the Telramund of Fischer-Dieskau for Kempe). But who can equal these two singers in these parts? Bernd Weikl is excellent in the small role of the Herald. Good image quality and superb sound. Highly recommended.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Just Great August 22, 2007
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I recommend this DVD. I've heard and liked the music from Lohengrin for decades. I knew the story etc, but didn't understand how specific songs fit in the opera's action. I finally decided to get the opera on DVD so that I could understand how it all fit together, and so I could sit back and enjoy the entire show. I purchased this specific version of Lohengrin because reviews on Amazon recommended it - those reviews were correct, this DVD is great. One surprising break for me, there are sub-titles in English, German, French, and Spanish so that I could easily follow what was going on and associate specific songs and music with action in the opera - there's no need to understand sung German, or even German, to sort out what's going on. Now, finally, I can tie specific music and songs to the action in the opera, and I've got a great opera in my DVD collection that I can watch and listen to again and again.

Wagner's music is fantastic, of course, but the staging, acting, and singing were great as well. There's nothing second class about this DVD, it's the real deal. You'll watch it again and again. The music and imagery will echo in your memory the rest of your days, seriously.

I did have a few surprises. There is no explicit swan in the production - for those of you who haven't seen Lohengrin it turns out the swan is of some interest. Lohengrin arrives and departs from shadows and in darkness - too bad, both seemed like an opportunity for a grand entrance and departure. His entrance, as I recall, was at high-noon, when you'd expect a lighted entry. King Heinrich's apparel could have been more regal- perhaps a few self awarded medals. All of the above are zits, don't worry about them; the singing, acting, music, and staging are absolutely world class.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conservative but lovely August 14, 2006
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This may not be the most overwhelming performance but I like it. It's overall a straight forward production -- no "what does that mean" ideas. Hofmann is much better here than in the Met DVD with Eva Marton. I'm curious though if anyone else thought that disc 2 (with Act 3) seemed VERY slightly out of sync -- picture and audio. I just didn't feel right and after watching it very closely, I think that is the problem. This would definitely be my 1st choice of the 3 currently available. However, I will be interested in seeing the version from Baden-Baden that is due to be released by Opus Arte with Kent Nagano conducting.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Lohengrin, yet insuperable March 24, 2007
When one of my friends suggested me to introduce into the Wagner world (during the VHS good old times)through Lohengrin, he knew what he was advising a newcomer and he did it right! I just loved the music, nothing was better than that for me in that time (10 years ago or maybe more) and I loved Wagner's music, then was Tannhauser, Fliegende Hollander, The Ring (exciting Walkyrie), Tristan und Isolde, Meistersinger, Parsifal...and every discovery was a trip to excitement.

So this Baeyrouth version was my first Lohengrin, and it has remained unsurpassed. I've tried to follow other versions (now in DVD and CD), and I yet I have not been able to find another Elsa as MS Armstrong's and another Ortrud as MS Connell. They are credible, they are fabulous, their voice match their character and their wonderful lines. So I have to say to Mr Roar's Telramund and Mr Hoffman's Lohengrin, and of course, the chorus, masterful, brilliant, overwhelming. So, for someone who is hesitating which version to get, I would advise this one. A must in your collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Satisfying Lohengrin November 21, 2007
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I had avoided this DVD since the CD version had never garnered very positive reviews especially when compared to Kempe's and Keilbert's verions, both of which had been in my collection for many years in both LP and CD format. Fortunately a friend of mine advised me that the DVD version was worth a look, definitely superior to the later version from the Met. I knew Armstrong as a singer with a lovely lyric voice but her venues were restricted to Europe and a marriage to Friedrich, plus assumptions of roles I wondered about; in short another lyric who longs to sing roles that make demands that the artist is unable to deliver. Hoffman certainly looked "right" for the role, and fortunately his voice was still an instrument of some beauty and "right" for the role in a way that Domingo's could never be.

As a production it is very conservative even if it is not set on the river bank. There is no swan, but costumes are appropriately period and Hoffman looks like the knight he is supposed to be. After hearing Vogt, he sounds overly stentorian but is capable of giving a nuanced performance. He lacks the ultimate sweetness of tone and too often he fails to sing softly, but he is one of the better Lohengrin if in the main beause he looks the role. Armstrong suffers from the same problems of Kringleborn. When any pressure is applied to the voice the tone becomes splayed and ugly. Fortunately the role doen't required spinto tones too often, but in concerted numbers she is unable to sing the music with real beauty of tone. Studer alone (in DVD format) has the requisite power, but alas her DVD has been deleted from the catalogue and is currently unavailable. The male contingent of the DVD under consideration is superb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still the best Lohengrin on DVD
In terms of performance, I don't think this can be beat. Hofmann, Armstrong and Roar are all close to ideal. Read more
Published 15 months ago by P. Baum
5.0 out of 5 stars I have to give this one five stars since, unfortunately, it's the best...
This video features the lead singer who actually resembles the title character, which is a blessing. The others are less convincing, with the exception of Ortrud: she's fine. Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Rimmozia
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor video quality, Karen looks too old to be Elsa
Overall performance is excellent, the set is simplistic yet effective. But I am surprised that nobody mentioned about the poor video quality. Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by Goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sublime Elsa
Goetz Friedrich's production of "Lohengrin" was first seen at the Bayreuth Festival in 1979, and was filmed in 1982. Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by Brian Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for Wagner Lovers
What a sensational production. It can never get any better. Peter Hofmann (RIP) the best Lohengrin ever. A voice directly from heaven! Read more
Published on April 13, 2011 by Cat-Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Wagner - Lohengrin / Peter Hofmann, Karan Armstrong, Bernd Weikl,...
Wagner - Lohengrin / Peter Hofmann, Karan Armstrong, Bernd Weikl, Elizabeth Connell, Leif Roar, Woldemar Nelsson, Bayreuth Opera is a recording under the direction of Woldemar... Read more
Published on October 8, 2010 by Bjorn Viberg
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Serviceable. No Wager work is ever staged the way the artist originally intended. I thought the DVD would be subtitled in English, but it wasn't - which is a big disappointment.
Published on May 5, 2008 by P. Warner
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware of bad disks!
This is a fabulous production, great singers, fascinating visual effects, etc. But I was so disappointed that both my disks (it is a 2-disk set) were printed somehow incorrectly... Read more
Published on December 5, 2007 by Mark Meyer
4.0 out of 5 stars A sound better than the view.
My perfect-pitch ears tend to be angered a lot when listening to any performance, particularly opera. Read more
Published on July 17, 2007 by Jaydoggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This was the first time I watched a Wagner opera. I have been listening to the music for years, but I felt I was missing out by not actually seeing a performance. Read more
Published on April 10, 2007 by Drew Westphal
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