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Der Fliegende Höllander (The Flying Dutchman) by Richard Wagner, one of the emblematic masterpieces of Romantic opera, comes to the Teatro Real. In this production by La Fura dels Baus, the conflict between good and bad, light and darkness, is but a reflection of a tormented and imprisoned soul whose free spirit has been appropriated. The Dutchman is damned, condemned to sail forever, yet his utmost desire is to be released from the inferno of his doomed vessel and return to a life on land. The story has an intense mirrorlike quality in its score, it has all the ingredients of what was to come with Wagner's mature artistry.

Starting Point

In Richard Wagner’s autobiography, the composer wrote that the inspiration for Der fliegende Holländer was his flight by sea from Riga to London. He placed the phantom ship and its crew in the freezing north seas of that journey with his wife Minna. A work 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 abandons herself to a destiny with the nameless spectre. Based on an ancient legend and reinterpreted by poet Heinrich Heine, this libretto expresses the tragic nature of the romantic spirit. The Dutchman is damned, condemned to sail forever, yet his utmost desire is to be released from the inferno of his doomed vessel and return to a life on land. The story has an intense mirrorlike quality in its score, it has all the ingredients of what was to come with Wagner's mature artistry. In this production by La Fura dels Baus, the conflict between good and bad, light and darkness, is but a reflection of a tormented and imprisoned soul.

Essentials

"Der fliegende Holländer"

Romantische Oper in three acts

Music and libretto by Richard Wagner, after Aus den Memorien des Herren Schnabelewopski by Heinrich Heine

Premiered at the Hofoper of Dresden, 2 January 1843
Premiered at the Teatro Real, 27 October 1896

Production by the Opéra national de Lyon, in coproduction with the Bergen Nasjonale Opera, Opera Australia and the Opéra de Lille

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Summary

The coast of Norway, in an indeterminate age.

An icy storm drives the sea captain Daland’s ship miles beyond his home on the Norwegian coast. As the sky suddenly darkens and the waters again grow rough, another ship, a ghostly schooner, arrives and drops anchor next to Daland’s. Its captain, the Flying Dutchman, steps ashore, despairing of his fate...

Approximate running time

2 hours and 20 minutes without intermission

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Pablo Heras-Casado
  • Stage director: Àlex Ollé (La fura dels Baus)
  • Set designer: Alfons Flores
  • Costume designer: Josep Abril
  • Lighting designer: Urs Schönebaum
  • Video: Franc Aleu
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
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  • Daland: Kwangchul Youn (Dec. 17, 20, 23, 27, 30 · Jan. 3)
    Dimitry Ivashchenko (Dec. 18, 26, 29 · Jan. 2)
  • Senta: Ingela Brimberg (Dec. 17, 20, 23, 27, 30 · Jan. 3)
    Ricarda Merbeth (Dec. 18, 26, 29 · Jan. 2)
  • Erik: Nikolai Schukoff (Dec. 17, 20, 23, 27, 30 · Jan. 3)
    Benjamin Bruns (Dec. 18, 26, 29 · Jan. 2)
  • Mary: Kai Rüütel (Dec. 17, 20, 23, 27, 30 · Jan. 3)
    Pilar Vázquez (Dec. 18, 26, 29 · Jan. 2)
  • Daland's steersman: Benjamin Bruns (Dec. 17, 20, 23, 27, 30 · Jan. 3)
    Roger Padullés (Dec. 18, 26, 29 · Jan. 2)
  • The Dutchman: Evgeny Nikitin (Dec. 17, 30 · Jan. 3)
    Samuel Youn (Dec. 18, 20, 23, 26, 29 · Jan. 2)
    Thomas Johannes Mayer (Dec. 27)

Performance Dates

  • 17 DEC (S) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 18 DEC (S) 18:00h
    FINISHED
  • 20 DEC (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 23 DEC (F) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 26 DEC (M) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 27 DEC (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 29 DEC (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 30 DEC (F) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 2 JAN (M) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 3 JAN (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • Place: Main Auditorium

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