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Sunday Afternoon at the Opera - Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer

10/28/2012 1:00 pm
10/28/2012 4:30 pm


Host Keith Brown writes:

My Halloweentide offering tells the tale of the cursed and storm-tossed Dutch sea captain whose tortured soul is redeemed by the sacrificial love of a merciful young woman. Wagner wrote his own libretto for Der fliegende Holländer ("The Flying Dutchman, "1843), taking elements from a gothic romance about a phantom ship. (An English language play on that subject seems to have inspired the German poet Heinrich Heine.)
This is one Wagner opera that is not too long for my 210 minute timeslot. It was issued on two Pentatone CD's in 2011 as part of that label's cycle of the ten most frequently performed of Wagner's operas. These are all live-in-concert performances, this one documenting the musical proceedings at the Philharmonie Hall, Berlin, November 13, 2011. The experienced Wagnerian Marek Janowski is in charge of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Bass Albert Dohmen is heard as the Dutchman opposite soprano Ricarda Merbeth as Senta.