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!’
‘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.