O lovers' eyes are sharp to see,
And lovers' ears in hearing',
sang Sir Walter Scott, but if it be true that 'All the world loves a lover', this programme is for everyone.
The Station Orchestra
The Prelude to Act III sets the scene for the monologue of the philosopher-cobbler Sachs, who at the opening of the Act is found reading and meditating, in the glow of the midsummer morning sun, upon the life and the strife of men, the love of Walter for Eva, his own hopes and his glad resignation of them for the furtherance of others' happiness.
The Prelude to Wagner's great music-drama epitomizes the transcendent love of Tristan and Isolde. In the closing scene, which for concert purposes follows immediately, Isolde sings her passionate song over the dead Tristan. Much of the music is a recollection of the groat love duet in the Second Act.
Wagner regarded the legend of Lohengrin, the Knight of the Holy Grail, who comes to champion the wrongfully-accused maiden, Elsa, as symbolical of universal spiritual truths.
The Prelude to Act III of the Opera gives the atmosphere of festivity and thanksgiving which follows the marriage of Lohengrin with Elsa.