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Der fliegende Holländer
Sat, 04. July 2020, 19:00

Romantic opera in three acts by Richard Wagner

Restlessly roaming the world’s oceans, going ashore only once in seven years, living in hope of finding a wife who is faithful for a lifetime, and being disappointed again and again: this is the fate of the Flying Dutchman, who has long been pursued by a curse. But when he meets the Norwegian captain Daland and his daughter Senta, his life blood is revived.

In the spirit of romanticism, the young Richard Wagner shaped the legend of the Flying Dutchman into an opera of bold music and irrepressible force. It is a dark and mysterious tale, the atmosphere of which Wagner captured so succinctly in his striking score. He unleashes forces of nature in the orchestra, while echoing folkloric music in the chorus, and the solo scenes, duets and ensembles are highly expressive. Dream and reality blur; imagination and reality can barely be distinguished. Since the Dresden premiere in 1843, »The Flying Dutchman« has sailed across the opera stages of the world, and has often laid anchor in Berlin. This production by Philipp Stölzl presents Wagner’s work as a colourful pirate story and an adventurous spiritual journey with some surprising twists and turns.

approx. 2:15 hrs without interval