is the sixth opera by Richard Wagner
, and his last conventional opera.
Antwerpen in the 10th Century. The young duke Gottfried of Brabant has disappeared and his regent, Count Telramund, accuses Gottfried's sister, Elsa, of having murdered him. A mystery knight appears in a boat drawn by a swan and offers to fight for Elsa on the condition that she never ask him what his name is or where he comes from. He defeats Telramund and he and Elsa gets married, but on their wedding night she cannot stop herself from asking the forbidden question.
Tropes appearing in this opera:
- Evil Sounds Deep: Ortrud and Telramund are alt and baritone respectively.
- Lohengrin and Mendelssohn: The bridal chorus "Treulich geführt ziehet dahin" that opens Act III is one of the two constituents of this trope.
- Mr. Exposition: The King's Herold (Heerrufer).
- Reasonable Authority Figure: King Heinrich.
- Summoning Artifact: The eponymous Swan Knight, forced to leave his wife, gives her a horn to give to her brother if she ever sees him again, promising that the horn will bring aid in danger (presumably when blown).
- Those Wacky Nazis: In the original text, the Swan Knight is named "Führer" (guide) of Brabrant by the king. This has, for obvious reasons, been replaced with "Schützer" (protector) in modern times.
- Trial by Combat: The swan knight fights Telramund in judicial combat as Elsa's champion.
- Villainous Breakdown: Telramund has an epic one in the beginning of Act II.
- Ortrud in the end, when Lohengrin reverts her spell and turn the swan back into Gottfried.