Wagner's The Flying Dutchman from SF Opera
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The last date listed for Wagner's The Flying Dutchman was Wednesday December 1, 2004 / 7:30pm.
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“This was a Dutchman with a difference. Boldly staged and brilliantly performed, the new production…features two outstanding San Francisco Opera debuts in the principal roles [Nina Stemme as Senta and Juha Uusitalo as the Dutchman].” -Contra Costa Times
The Spark: Inspired by a Heinrich Heine poem and the idea of a heroine obsessed with saving the soul of an outcast, this 1842 opera signaled Wagner’s fascination with combining epic myths and dramatic music.
The Story: Doomed by a curse, the Dutchman comes ashore every seven years in search of redemption, which can only be achieved by finding true love. The idealist Senta desires to give her love and save the Dutchman’s soul. However, through a twist of fate, the Dutchman misinterprets her fixation and sets sail, leaving Senta to a tragic end.
The Stage: A phantom ship caught in a torrential swell of potent desires frames the power of one woman’s love to defy destiny. The Dallas Morning News remarked, “Raimund Bauer’s stark set, dramatically lit by Duane Schuler, strongly enhanced the drama, as did Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s simple but effective direction.”
The Score: Flautist turned bass-baritone sensation Juha Uusitalo will be performing with Swedish soprano Nina Stemme, who The New York Times said “sang beautifully, from contraltolike depths to ringing high C’s.”
The Dutchman Juha Uusitalo*
Senta Nina Stemme*
Erik Christopher Ventris
Daland Walter Fink*
Conductor Donald Runnicles /Sara Jobin (12/1)
Director Nikolaus Lehnhoff
Set Designer Raimund Bauer
Costume Designer Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
Lighting Designer Duane Schuler
Choreographer Denni Sayers
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Sound Designer Roger Gans
- San Francisco Opera debut
Cast, programs and schedules are subject to change
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Performed in one act, no late seating
Sung in German with English Supertitles