Richard Wagner

told by Mara Cantoni

illustrated by Maria Antonietta Gambaro

... Imagine then many others, noblemen and common people, warriors and ladies, all those people who see and live the story we wish to tell and with their voices, joined in chorus, they laugh and cry and are frightened and amazed at the fantastic adventure of the knight Lohengrin.

And now a theater and an orchestra. Airy music which takes us far away and a curtain which opens on a wood on the banks of a river...

Are childrenís imaginations still set on fire looking at a book with pictures? And in front of a curtain which opens? At that time, the Emme editions were convinced of both things, so much so that they overlapped them and dedicated one of their series to the fairy tales and legends which appeared on the stages of the opera.

This Lohengrin in miniature, shared with an unforgettable set designer and painter who left us too soon, preceded by a few years a more substantial Lohengrin written on the occasion of a new production at the Scala and which remained unpublished.

If instead you wish to stay
in the world of children ...
The Canterville Ghost
Le Papiťroplane

An opera can not be told, as aesthetics teaches us. But childhood (our own just to start from) instead teaches us that the tales of older people and of illustrated books can put us in touch with a world which is fatal, upright and full of imagination, waiting for the music which we too want to listen to...

(...) Mara Cantoni doesnít just tell the story, but really the story as itís experienced on the stage. With the lights, spaces, mysterious sense of the stage and above all with the music of Wagner ...

(Lorenzo Arruga,
Il Giorno
, 30 december 1979)

This is what Wagner told about more than one hundred years ago, but itís said that Lohengrin had already been living for a long time.
Some say heís still alive.