The North America Office of Duesseldorf Tourism and Duesseldorf Airport Announce: Wagner’s Lohengrin at Duesseldorf Opera House in January and February 2014

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Wagner’s romantic opera in three acts comes to Düsseldorf’s Opera House for 7 performances. Premieres: Saturday, January 18, 2014.

Düsseldorf’s Opera House @ Hans Jörg Michel

With elements including a mysterious rescuer, unconditional love for a nameless man, and divine judgment, the opera is more than just a piece of German Romanticism.

Lohengrin – the story of the Knight of the Swan who defends damsel-in-distress Elsa of Brabant, accused of killing her brother, against her accusers on the condition that she must never ask his name – premiers at Düsseldorf’s Opera House on January 18, 2014 for 7 performances in January and February.

With elements including a mysterious rescuer, unconditional love for a nameless man, and divine judgment, the opera is more than just a piece of German Romanticism. It struck a political cord when it was first performed in 1850, following the revolution of March 1848 – a time marked by longing for liberation from prosecution and oppression by conservative powers. Lohengrin’s quest for the victory of justice and love failed as did the revolution.

Lohengrin at Düsseldorf’s Opera at the Rhine has a set by Sabine Hartmannshenn and her team which incorporates references to the myth’s deeper meaning for human life and its application to modern times – as they did successfully for performances of Henze’s “Phaedra” and Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress.”

Performance dates: Saturday, 1/18: 6:00 pm; Thursday, 1/23: 6:00 pm; Sunday, 1/26: 6:00 pm; Thursday, 1/30: 6:00 pm; Sunday, 2/2: 6:00 pm; Saturday, 2/8: 5:00 pm; Sunday, 2/16: 3:00 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.operamrhein.de.

The city’s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for many of the city’s great events throughout 2014, including the performances of Lohengrin. The travel package called “Düsseldorf à la Card” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/hotel-packages/duesseldorf-a-la-card/. Prices start at €49 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3 star hotel in the city center and at €95 per person for a 4-5 star hotel. All packages include breakfast, a Düsseldorf Welcome Card (free public transportation within city limits, plus more than 40 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), a city information package, and a MERIAN city guide.

Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit http://www.visitduesseldorf.de.

Düsseldorf Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit http://www.fly2dus.com.

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Rainer Perry - North America Representative