What did you think of the live cinema relay of Wagner's early masterpiece?
The Flying Dutchman has been cursed for eternity. Once every seven years he is allowed to come ashore to seek redemption. He may have found it in Senta, a woman who longs for escape from her dreary life.
Shortly before the premiere of Der fliegende Holländer in Dresden, Wagner had returned from a deeply unsuccessful two-year stint in Paris. He had gone there to make his fortune, but found his way barred by a strict class-based system. One of the bitterest blows came when Léon Pillet, director of the Paris Opéra, accepted his libretto for Der fliegende Holländer – but then commissioned a score not from Wagner but from French composer Pierre-Louis Dietsch. But the Dresden premieres of first Rienzi in October 1842 and Der fliegende Holländer in January 1843 were immense successes, and marked the beginning of Wagner's career as one of the greatest operatic composers.
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Wagner’s masterful Der fliegende Holländer to be live screened in cinemas across the world on 24 February 2015
Tim Albery’s acclaimed production of The Flying Dutchman stars Bryn Terfel and is conducted by Andris Nelsons.
To find out more visit the Der fliegende Holländer (2015) production page.