Washington National Opera: The Flying Dutchman
In this WNO revival, formidable bass-baritone and Grammy winner Eric Owens makes his staged role debut in Wagner's retelling of the nautical legend, about a captain condemned to wander the seas in search of unconditional love.
- Saturday, March 07, 2015 - Saturday, March 21, 2015
- Opera House
- Approx. 2-1/2 hours
- $25.00 - $300.00
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The Flying Dutchman (1843)
(Der fliegende Holländer)
Libretto by the composer
"American bass-baritone Eric Owens speaks to you even in his silences…. and shakes you when he sings."--The Chicago Sun-Times
In Wagner's retelling of the nautical legend, formidable bass-baritone and two-time Grammy Award winner Eric Owens--one of the most in-demand American opera stars of our day--returns to WNO to make his staged role debut as the Flying Dutchman. Condemned to wander the seas upon a ship of ghosts, he can only venture ashore once every seven years to seek his salvation: a woman's unconditional love. When Senta, the beguiling daughter of a sea captain, pledges to be faithful to him forever, it seems the ancient curse might finally be broken. But her jealous huntsman suitor poses just one of many obstacles in a tale where greed, fidelity, and misfortune collide in full force.
Director Stephen Lawless tells the Flying Dutchman's story "with clarity and theatrical flair while adding a few powerful images along the way" (New York Magazine). Among them: a stunning ship of blood-red sails that places the opera's dramatic action in bold relief, from its tempestuous overture and Senta's famous ballad to the riveting final moments atop a storm-battered bluff. A trio of bright stars--German soprano Christiane Libor, Estonian bass Ain Anger, and American tenor Jay Hunter Morris--make their WNO debuts in performances conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin and Eric Weimer, joining this perfect showcase for Eric Owens's "ability to wrap his deep voice around a text and create a distinct sense of character" (The New York Times).
Senta: Christiane Libor* / Jennifer Root (Mar. 11)
The Dutchman: Eric Owens / Alan Held (Mar. 11)
Erik: Jay Hunter Morris*
Daland: Ain Anger* / Peter Volpe (Mar. 19, 21)
Conductor: Philippe Auguin (Mar. 7, 9, 11, 13, 15m) / Eric Weimer* (Mar. 19, 21)
Director: Stephen Lawless
Set Designer: Giles Cadle
Costume Designer: Ingeborg Bernerth
Lighting Designer: Joan Sullivan-Genthe
In German with projected English titles. Titles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra.
Performance Timing: One Act Only - 2-1/2 hours.This production does NOT include an intermission.
COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
Musicologist Saul Lilienstein leads the Thursday, March 19 Opera Insight, starting 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and lasting 35–40 minutes. All other Opera Insights start 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera.
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of The Flying Dutchman.
STAY AFTER FOR A FREE ARTIST Q&A
Following these performances:
Monday evening, March 9
Sunday matinee, March 15
Join WNO artists for a unique opportunity to ask questions about the production.
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.
Watch and Listen
Francesca Zambello discusses The Flying Dutchman
Included In Packages
Major support for WNO is provided by Jacqueline Badger Mars.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of WNO.
General Dynamics is the proud sponsor of WNO's 2014-2015 Season.
WNO acknowledges the longstanding generosity of
Life Chairman Mrs. Eugene B. Casey.
Additional support for The Flying Dutchman is provided by the
Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Group Sales offers special terms and discounts for most performances.
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