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Posted February 10, 2012
Theater Freiburg’s new production of Lohengrin staged by Frank Hilbrich features a real swan . . . every Wagnerian’s dream. The dream took flight – literally and landed in the orchestra pit! Fast moving musicians were able to capture the bird while the band played on.
The swan was specially trained for the production by animal trainer Tatiana Zimack, who played 4 to 5 hours of Lohengrin daily so that the bird was accustomed to the music. Apparently the swan behaved perfectly during the rehearsals.
Below is a very long url to the article in Badische Zeitung,
you can cut the URL and paste in: translate.google.com for a rough translation.
Freiburg Opera is also featuring 2 Ring Cycles one in April and one in May and they are booking on-line now.