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The Flying Dutchman (Eric Owens,

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.

  • Mar. 7 - 21, 2015
  • Opera House
  • Approx. 2-1/2 hours
  • $25.00 - $300.00

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About

RICHARD WAGNER
The Flying Dutchman (1843)
(Der fliegende Holländer)                             
Libretto by the composer
WNO revival
 
"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
 
*WNO debut

 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.

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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.

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Francesca Zambello discusses 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.

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