An unnamed knight comes to save Elsa, a princess accused by Ortrud and
Telramund, two evil ones intent on taking over her kingdom, of drowning
her brother. The knight will be protector of her kingdom and become her
husband, but she must never ask his name or origin. Ortrud and Telramund
feed Elsa with doubts about her knight. If he arrived so magically and
has no name, he could leave as easily. On their wedding night, Elsa can
no longer stifle her curiosity and asks the fatal questions. Telramund,
thinking that the knight has lost his power when Elsa asks the
questions, attacks and is killed. The knight tells Elsa that he must
leave her and informs everyone, including Elsa, that he is Lohengrin, a
knight of the Holy Grail and the son of Parsifal, the Grail King. Before
leaving, he brings back Elsa’s brother. With the appearance of Elsa’s
brother, Ortrud shrieks and dies.
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