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Saturday, January 24, 2015 Permalink

At the Opera, Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)

  

Der fliegende Holländer, The Flying Dutchman, is a German-language opera, with libretto and music by Richard Wagner.

The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port, doomed to sail the oceans forever. It probably originates from 17th century nautical folklore. The oldest extant version dates to the late 18th century. Sightings in the 19th and 20th centuries reported the ship to be glowing with ghostly light.

Wagner claimed in his 1870 autobiography Mein Leben that he had been inspired to write the opera following a stormy sea crossing he made from Riga to London in July and August 1839.  The central theme is redemption through love. Because he once invoked Satan, the ghost captain is cursed to roam the sea forever without rest. An angel brought to him the terms of his redemption: every seven years the waves will cast him upon the shore; if he can find a wife who will be true to him he will be released from his curse.

Wagner conducted the premiere at the Semper Oper in Dresden in 1843.  

This live recording from 1985 stars Simon Estes as the Dutchman. Woldemar conducts the Bayreuth Festival orchestra and chorus.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:07pm
Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander BUY ; Woldemar Nelsson, conductor
10:00pm
10:46pm
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov Excerpts BUY Columbia Symphony; Thomas Schippers, conductor George London
11:00pm
11:24pm
Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries BUY NBC Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Toscanini, conductor
London/Decca 4758366
11:30pm
Richard Wagner: Tannhauser, Wie Todesahnung... O du, mein holder Abendstern (O Star of Eve) BUY Vienna Opera; Argeo Quadri, conductor Tom Krause
London/Decca 4758366
11:36pm
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che puro ciel! BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Gluck
London/Decca 4758366
11:40pm
Mozart: Don Giovanni, La ci darem la mano BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Mozart
London/Decca 4758366
11:44pm
Verdi: Il Trovatore, Ah si ben mio BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Verdi
London/Decca 4758366
11:47pm
Bizet: Carmen: Flower Song: La fleur que tu m'avais jetee BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Bizet
London/Decca 4758366
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240


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