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Watch: Bryn Terfel introduces Wagner’s masterful Der fliegende Holländer

Acclaimed bass-baritone Bryn Terfel on the complexities of The Dutchman and working with Andris Nelsons.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

6 February 2015 at 1.01pm | 3 Comments

‘The Flying Dutchman is quite a tale’, says Bryn Terfel, who is currently performing the role of The Dutchman in Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer. ‘The Dutchman is banished to the seas for blasphemy and spat out onto the shoreline by the waves every seven years, in search of a faithful woman to save him from his curse.’

The opera, which had its premiere in 1843, is considered the start of Wagner’s career as one of the world’s greatest operatic composers.

‘At the beginning of my career, this was the most difficult one to sing', says Bryn. 'Of course it is the shortest of Wagner’s operas, but don’t be fooled by that. You have to pace yourself throughout... It’ll bite you in the bum if you don’t take care with these dynamics that you sing on the stage!’

Tim Albery’s production, also starring Adrianne Pieczonka and conducted by Andris Nelsons, opened on 5 February 2015. Read audience reactions to the opening night.

‘Mr. Nelsons has a glorious voice’, says Bryn. ‘I think he could sing this role better than I could! He is everything one desires in a conductor of opera. He works with you, breathes with you and knows every line you sing... His conducting is one the top reasons why you should come’.

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The production is given with generous philanthropic support from Marina Hobson OBE and the Wagner Production Syndicate.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

6 February 2015 at 1.01pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Andris Nelsons, Bryn Terfel, by Tim Albery, Der fliegende Holländer, Production, The Royal Opera, Wagner

This article has 3 comments

  1. Grazyna Zarebska-Squier responded on 6 February 2015 at 3:31pm Reply

    I'm looking forward to this production. We are going to see it at our local cinema at the end of February. I have to admit that Bryn Terfel was a strong pull for me to see it. I wasn't a great admirer of Wagner in the past except his Tristan und Isolde. I suppose things like this come with time.

  2. Absolutely fantastic!

  3. Jillie drucker responded on 13 February 2015 at 6:55pm Reply

    Wonderful production and singing. However, although we were in front row seats on the first level balcony directly opposite the stage, it was impossible to see the faces, and therefore expressions and gestures, due to the low lighting of the stage. Do take opera glasses or binoculars.

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