Der Fliegende Holländer - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2015) - Der Fliegende Holländer - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2015)

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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.

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Tim Albery

Andris Nelsons

Bryn Terfel

Peter Rose

Adrianne Pieczonka

Michael König

Catherine Wyn-Rogers

Ed Lyon

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Der Fliegende Holländer - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2015) (Production - London , united kingdom)

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