Lohengrin—Wagner’s Bel Canto Opera, with Paul Thomason

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  • Lohengrin—Wagner’s Bel Canto Opera, with Paul Thomason
    31 March 2021
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lohengrin—Wagner’s Bel Canto Opera, with Paul Thomason

ZOOM WEBINAR: 6.30pm, 31st March 2021


In Lohengrin Wagner wrote an entire opera for human-size singers. If the roles he wrote for  Siegfried and Tristan could be compared to an Olympic weightlifter, and Lucia and many of her cousins in the operas of Donizetti, Bellini, and Rossini could be compared to a hundred-yard sprinter, then Lohengrin might be an ice skater, who needs stamina and physical strength as well as the ability to maintain a long, fluid line. In Lohengrin, Wagner wrote roles that make their greatest effect, not through sheer lung power, but with the ability to infuse the beautiful vocal line with all the nuances and charm a singer would use to bring to life a bel canto opera. And he did this while constructing an opera made up of gorgeous arias, ensembles, choruses, and finales that, properly performed, totally seduce an audience. Included will be recordings of singers and conductors who understood exactly how to cast Lohengrin’s magical spell.


Paul Thomason

Paul Thomason has contributed to the Metropolitan Opera Playbill for over two decades, and regularly writes for the San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Chicago Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, the Juilliard School, and Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal. The London Philharmonic used his program notes for their recent concert performances of the RING operas. He is a regular guest on the award-winning podcast Aria Code, and has appeared on Met Opera radio broadcast intermissions, as well as writing scripts for the company’s Saturday afternoon broadcasts and the historic broadcast series on Sirius-XM satellite radio. He has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory Extension Division, given pre-performance lectures at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, SF Symphony, SF Opera, Stern Grove Festival, and produced radio programs for classical music stations in both New York City and San Francisco.



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