The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner
Sung in German
Approximate running time: 3 hours
The ultimate blend of action, music, scene and dramatic expression was Richard Wagner’s goal in his “total work of art.” Deutsche Welle brings you another performance from the Festspielhaus, which Wagner designed explicitly for his music dramas. This year the festival, still in the hands of Wagner’s descendents – currently led by his great-granddaughters Eva Wagner-Pasquier and Katharina Wagner – begins with a new production of Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) as staged by Jan Philipp Gloger and conducted by Christian Thielemann.
Deutsche Welle’s Rick Fulker is there, introducing you to the production team and soloists and looking forward to sharing the Wagner fun with those who can’t make it to the festival. With the demand for tickets exceeding the supply by a factor of ten, they are not lacking in numbers and have responded warmly to the radio transmissions, which convey the sense of event.
Daland – Franz-Josef Selig
Senta – Adrianne Pieczonka
Erik – Michael König
Mary – Christa Mayer
The Helmsman – Benjamin Bruns
The Dutchman – Evgeny Nikitin
CONDUCTOR: Christian Thielemann
CHORUS: Bayreuth Festival Chorus
ORCHESTRA: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Recorded by Radio Bavaria, Munich (BR) in the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth on July 25, 2012