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Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)New production

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Grieg Hall (Grieghallen)Edvard Griegs plass 1, Bergen, Hordaland, 5015, Norway
March 10 18:00, March 12 19:00, March 14 19:00, March 16 19:00
Bergen National Opera
Eun Sun KimConductor
John RamsterDirector
Bridget KimakSet Designer
Josep AbrilCostume Designer
Iain PatersonBass-baritoneDutchman
Elisabeth TeigeSopranoSenta
Eric HalfvarsonBassDaland
Sergei SkorokhodovTenorErik
Tuija KnihtiläMezzo-sopranoMary
Bror Magnus TødenesTenorThe Steersman
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edvard Grieg Choir
Håkon Matti SkredeChoirmaster / chorus director

Duration: 2h and 20 min without intermission

Sung in German, surtitle in Norwegian

In this production the conflict between good and bad, light and darkness, is a reflection of a tormented and imprisoned soul whose free spirit has been confiscated. The Dutchman is damned, condemned to sail forever, yet his greatest desire is to be released from the hideous prison of his doomed vessel and to return to a life on land.

Reinterpreted by poet Heinrich Heine, the libretto expresses the tragic nature of the romantic spirit. The opera is full of symbolism: its central theme is redemption through a woman’s love. In young Senta’s pledge of faith, the sea captain recognizes his salvation. For her part, Senta succumbs to a destiny with the nameless spectre.

The critically acclaimed Norwegian Wagner soprano, Elisabeth Teige, and Iain Paterson, internationally renowned Scottish bass-baritone, lead the drama as Senta and the Dutchman.

Director John Ramster and designer Bridget Kimak have a reputation for vivid, heart-stopping productions which truly tell the opera’s story. Expect drama, colour and surprises.


Produced by Opéra national de Lyon in cooperation with Bergen Nasjonale Opera, Opera Australia and Opéra de Lille

March 2018
Evening performance
Matinee performance
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