Opera Cheat Sheet: Lohengrin

Listen to our light-hearted overview of Richard Wagner’s medieval masterpiece, Lohengrin, which is this week’s San Francisco Opera broadcast airing on Classical 91.7 Saturday at noon.

In this week’s Opera Cheat Sheet, Classical 91.7’s program director St.John Flynn and opera expert Eric Skelly discuss Lohengrin, a work that gives the first taste of the musical style Wagner was to perfect in his Ring Cycle.  It’s the story of the mysterious Knight of the Swan who appears out of a dream to defend the honor of and then marry the innocent Elsa who, in turn, cannot resist asking the one question she is forbidden to ask…with devastating consequences.  You can hear the San Francisco Opera production of Lohengrin Saturday at noon on Classical 91.7 and online at classical917.org.