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July 2020

Lohengrin is a piece about faith – a faith that can move mountains or even conjure up charismatic saviours. That’s why it’s so  fascinating to stage this piece in a place that is strongly influenced by faith and indeed would not exist without the Christian faith and the desire to express this vividly. Elsa is a visionary and unconditional believer. An entire society is infected by her conviction, people bond together through the common experience of the miracle of Lohengrin’s appearance. Yet who is this Lohengrin? Can he be trusted? Rational people consumed by ambitions for power such as Ortrud and Telramund oppose him and create uncertainty. How much strength can be demanded of Elsa for her to suppress her doubts and heed the instruction never to ask Lohengrin where he comes from? Our venue is influenced by religion and in Richard Wagner’s art there is also the danger of a substitute religion. The mystic impact and beguiling sound world engulf us completely in Wagner’s work so that we become believers, even if here too doubting and questioning the artistic motivation are perfectly appropriate. An archaic, irrational world encounters our modern thinking and our longing to be overwhelmed and redeemed – our production moves between these two poles.

Program and cast

Orchestra of the Tyrolean Festival Erl

Conductor: Titus Angel

Stage Direction: Katharina Thoma

Stage Design: Johannes Leiacker

Costume Design: Irina Bartels

Light Design: Olaf Winter

Lohengrin: AJ Glueckert

Elsa: Jennifer Davis

Telramund: Andrew Foster Williams

Ortrud: Dshamilja Emperor

King Henry: Anthony Robin Schneider

Army caller: Daniel Schmutzhard

Festspielhaus Erl



Designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna, the extraordinary structure boasts 862 seats (130 of which are flexible seats near the orchestra) and the world’s largest orchestra pit (160-sq meters). The total useable surface is 7,000-square meter. General contractor was STRABAG, project manager Ing. Georg Höger.


The new Festspielhaus respects and compliments the architecture of the old Passionsspielhaus and its natural surroundings in a unique way: in the summer, when the Tyrolean Festival Erl or the Passion Plays take place at the white Passionsspielhaus, the dark Festspielhaus will blend with the dark forest, allowing the Passionsspielhaus to be dominant. In the winter it is the other way round: while the white Passionsspielhaus will fade into the surroundings, the dark Festspielhaus will stand out against the white landscape.


The Festspielhaus offers the modern infrastructure that has been sorely missing at the Passionsspielhaus, including a foyer with cloakroom, modern stage machinery, several rehearsal rooms and plenty of space for administrative offices. The Festspielhaus provides the Tyrolean Festival Erl with the basic conditions it needs to ensure the Festival’s success will continue into the future.




The Passionsspielhaus in Erl, built between 1957 and 159 on plans by architect Robert Schuller, is an architectural and acoustic masterpiece. The structure blends with its surroundings and is a visual extension of the adjoining mountains.
Thanks to its striking shape the Passionspielhaus instantly became Erl’s greatest landmark. Austria’s largest orchestra theater accommodates up to 1500 visitors. The 25-meter wide stage is tiered and provides a spectacular backdrop for the 500 passion play actors as well as the orchestra of the Tyrolean Festival Erl, which performs onstage as there is no orchestra pit. 


A café serving snacks and beverages was added in 1997 and an Art Room for 150 visitors was opened in 2003.  
When the Festspielhaus was renovated between October 2006 and April 2007 all sanitary facilities were upgraded; an “orchestra pit” with scissor lift and a substructure for the main stage were added; the auditorium got equipped with a deaf loop system and a new floor; the catwalk, the exterior design, the cellar beneath the donkey ramp, the refreshment stand, all electrical installations and the ventilation system were replaced; and the wardrobe and the stairway renovated.  






Germany, Eastern Austria
A8 Munich-Salzburg, Autobahndreieck Inntal, A 93, Motorway exit Nussdorf/Brannenburg or Oberaudorf/Niederndorf

Italy, Switzerland, Western Austria
Inntalautobahn A 12, motorway exit Kufstein Nord or Oberaudorf/Niederndorf; from Italy: after Brenner Pass take A 13 and A 12 (approx. 1 h 20 min to Erl); from the Swiss border it’s a 3 hour drive to Erl; the entire journey is on motorways and expressways.

In Austria, the use of motorways and expressways is subject to payment of a toll.

Munich – Erl approx. 1 hour by car
Salzburg – Erl approx. 1 hour by car
Innsbruck – Erl approx. 45 hour by car



All long distance and regional trains stop in Kufstein. 




Innsbruck (90 km),
Salzburg (90 km),
München (110 km).


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