Telramund, Friedrich von

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(Wagner: Lohengrin). Bar. Count of Brabant. He was appointed by the dying Duke of Brabant to be guardian of the Duke's children, Elsa and Gottfried, the heir to the throne. Telramund is anxious to marry Elsa and share her inheritance. But she refuses him and he marries Ortrud instead and the two of them set about trying to gain the throne themselves. Gottfried has disappeared and Telramund accuses Elsa of murdering him, not knowing that Ortrud, who practises sorcery, has turned Gottfried into a swan. Telramund fights Elsa's champion, Lohengrin, and is defeated. Despondent, he is only too glad to let Ortrud plan the next step in their campaign and agrees with her suggestions for undermining Elsa's faith in Lohengrin. He is prepared, as part of this scheme, to accuse Lohengrin of sorcery. At the cathedral where Elsa and Lohengrin are to be married, he tells Elsa that he will visit them that night and wound Lohengrin, who will then reveal his identity. But when he comes into their bridal chamber Elsa warns Lohengrin, who kills Telramund. Aria: Dank, König, dir (‘Thank you, my lord’); Durch dich musst’ ich verlieren (‘It's you who have destroyed me’). Interpreters have included Jaro Prohaska, Hermann Uhde, Gustav Neidlinger, Ramon Vinay, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Donald McIntyre, Leif Roar, Guillermo Sarabia, and Ekkehard Wlaschiha. Created (1850) by Feodor von Milde.

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