Lohengrin (Sciarrino)

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Lohengrin (Azione invisibile per solista, strumenti e voci) is an operatic monodrama by the Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino. Premiered in 1982 in Milan the work was later revised by Sciarrino and the new version was premiered in on September 9, 1984 in Catanzaro.[1] The opera, which is less than an hour long, is loosely based on the plot of Wagner’s opera of the same name.[2]



The story of Sciarrino's Lohengrin is seen from the point of view of Elsa, a vestal virgin who is accused of fornication. Lohengrin marries Elsa, but on their wedding night, despite Elsa’s attempts to seduce him, he refuses to consummate the marriage. Eventually one of the pillows changes into a swan and Lohengrin returns to the moon on its back.[1] The opera ends with the revelation that Elsa is actually a patient in a psychiatric ward.[3]


Sciarrino: Lohengrin - Gruppo Strumentale Musica d'Oggi

  • Conductor: Salvatore Sciarrino
  • Principal singers: Daisy Lumini
  • Release date: March 11, 2008
  • Label: Stradivarius (CD)

Sciarrino: Lohengrin - Ensemble Risognanze

  • Conductor: Tito Ceccherini
  • Principal singers: Marianne Pousseur
  • Release date: August 18, 2005
  • Label: Collegno (CD)


  1. ^ a b Sciarrino, Salvatore phonoarchive.org (Retrieved 26 March 2008)[dead link]
  2. ^ What Would Wagner Think? The New York Times (Retrieved 26 March 2008)
  3. ^ Sciarrino: Lohengrin, Lumini/ Gruppa Strumentale Musica d'Oggi/ Sciarrino guardian.co.uk (Retrieved 26 March 2008)

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