See it if you wish to see opera at its most exciting with great singing, staging, very great use of costumes and the Met chorus and orchestra shining.
Don't see it if you don't like long operas or can't sit for too long. This is close to a 5 hour opera and second act is 85 minutes. Read more
See it if you like Wagner and enjoy a huge cast on stage, with a memorable production that uses bold colors and cosmic images to enhance the scenes.
Don't see it if you're not used to(or have the patient for) "Wagner time".At 4.5 hours, Act I & 2nd half of Act III are exciting,not a lot happens inbetween
See it if Wagner!
Don't see it if Stage design/production and direction exhausting and failed execution
See it if Wagner's music is beautiful and extremely well sung. But the staging is appalling. Awkward for the ladies to struggle to move well.
Don't see it if you want a well staged and actively engaging piece of theater. Static and boring in the direction. Color changes are overrated and confusing
See it if The costuming impresses, even by opera standards. The stage is confusing(WHY ARE THEY IN SPACE?!)but wildly impressive. Great singing/music.
Don't see it if It's long and slow. It's enjoyable, but it's almost 5 hours and it takes most of them to get to the fireworks factory.
See it if You love beautiful music and great singing!
Don't see it if You do not have the patience to sit for almost five hours at the opera! A bit long, but well worth it,
See it if The staging and choral arrangements were outstanding. The singing cast did the Met proud.
Don't see it if Unable to sit through 4 hours of opera at its bed Read more
See it if You want to see the original “Bridal Chorus”. Great score and story
Don't see it if You couldn’t stand sitting still for 5 hours. Slow
CRITIC’S PICK: “Girard’s ‘Lohengrin,’ which brings the opera back to the company after 17 years, is an emphatic, serviceable, basically conservative framework for the piece. Thankfully, some superb singers fill the frame.”
“Closing your eyes during a long, stately opera is risky — you may forget to open them again until the standing ovation starts — but when the staging interferes, it’s a way to savor the full spectrum of Wagner’s musical iridescence. There’s more action onstage than the eyes perceive thanks to a vibrant cast.”
“...neither the political motivations nor the Christian vs. pagan themes of the opera coalesced into a coherent narrative, and the treatment of the human story remained cursory at best”
“ ‘Lohengrin’ contains Wagner’s most demanding and rewarding choral writing, and the Met’s unrivaled ensemble performs it with unflagging power and superb control.”
“Forget about the style of the show and think about the music, because it's well-worth cheering over, particularly with Nezet-Seguin on the podium to keep the romantic score in place, with its huge demands on the orchestra and chorus.”
“The glorious singing on stage from both the cast and chorus was matched if not surpassed by the playing of the Met Orchestra. Nézet-Séguin led a performance that was perfectly paced to the drama and aligned to the voices on stage.”