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Der fliegende Holländer (2015)

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Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Der fliegende Holländer (2015)

Tim Albery’s acclaimed production is a darkly insightful account of Wagner’s early masterpiece, starring Bryn Terfel conducted by Andris Nelsons.

The story

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.

Senta accepts the Dutchman's offer of marriage. But the Dutchman wrongly suspects her of unfaithfulness. Thinking he's protecting her, he leaves to resume his endless voyaging. Senta is left alone.

Background

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.

Tim Albery's Olivier-nominated production for The Royal Opera delves deep into the psychology of Wagner's cursed wanderer and his beloved Senta, detailing the monomania and uncompromising idealism that finally drives them apart. Michael Levine's elemental single set is dominated by a rolling metal hull that represents the Dutchman's phantom ship, the poverty of Senta's home and the treacherous sea.

Credits

Music
Richard Wagner
Libretto
Richard Wagner
Director
Tim Albery
Set designs
Michael Levine
Costume designs
Constance Hoffman
Lighting design
David Finn
Movement
Philippe Giraudeau

Performers

Conductor
Andris Nelsons
The Dutchman
Bryn Terfel
Senta
Adrianne Pieczonka
Erik
Michael König
Daland
Peter Rose
Steersman
Ed Lyon
Mary
Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Concert Master
Peter Manning
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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Cast sheets

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News and features

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