Lohengrin, Staatsoper Berlin

By Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 7 April 2009]

There have not been more horned helmets in a Wagner opera since Bugs Bunny was Br¸nnhilde in What’s Opera, Doc?

Stefan Herheim’s Lohengrin for the Staatsoper Berlin is an orgy of Wagner clichÈs. Lohengrin appears in shining armour, the ladies wear floor-length medieval gowns, there are swords and shields and churches and castles.