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Der fliegende HolländerNew production

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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, Germany
2017 May 07 18:00, May 11 19:30, May 16 19:30, May 20 19:30, June 04 19:30, June 10 19:30
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Donald RunniclesConductor
Christian SpuckDirector
Rufus DidwiszusSet Designer
Emma RyottCostume Designer
Samuel YounBass-baritoneDutchman
Ingela BrimbergSopranoSenta
Tobias KehrerBassDaland
Thomas BlondelleTenorErik
Anthony RaffellBassMary
Matthew NewlinTenorThe Steersman2017 May 07, 11, 16
Gideon PoppeTenorThe Steersman2017 May 20, Jun 04, 10
Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus
Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra

The Dutchman is a cursed man, a driven man, an outsider. Richard Wagner encountered this stateless figure in the pages of Heinrich Heine, who suffused the romantic material with his characteristic irony. Wagner was uninterested in Heine’s broader storyline, which downplayed the Dutchman material. Wagner immersed himself in the story of the mysterious mariner, drawing for his first opera on this tale of a man searching for a woman who can offer him redemption. Roving restlessly in the borderlands of Life and Death, the Dutchman meets Senta, a woman who, in her own way, appears alien and without a place to call home and is yearning for a male character, a figment of her own fantasy – the Dutchman. The world is one of dream images, obsessions, projections and the fantastic, a world that has long since lost touch with reality. The character most affected by all this is the huntsman, Erik, arguably the only person in the story who is genuinely in love, but he is unable to reach the other characters, who are lost in their dreams. Written in 1841 and first performed in Dresden in 1843, Wagner’s opera builds on the tradition of German romantic operas as espoused by Weber and Marschner and is a departure from the grand opéra style of his previous opera, RIENZI. Yet despite his mainstream approach, the work is an indication of Wagner’s development as a musical dramatist – and the first to place Wagner’s prime preoccupation, redemption through love in death, at the centre of proceedings.

The director and choreographer Christian Spuck, who received good reviews in 2014 for his production at the Deutsche Oper Berlin of Hector Berlioz’s DAMNATION OF FAUST, returns to the Bismarckstraße at the helm of his second project and teams up again with General Music Director Donald Runnicles.

In German language with German and English surtitles. Around 2 hrs 30 mins with no interval.

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