Lendav Hollandlane (R.Wagneri ooper)

Romantic opera by Richard Wagner
Libretto by the composer, based on Heinrich Heine’s “Aus den Memoiren des Herrn von Schnabelewopski”
World premiere on 2 January, 1843 in Dresden Semperoper
Premiere at the Estonian National Opera on 23 September, 2016

Conductors: Vello Pähn, Jüri Alperten, Kaspar Mänd
Stage Director: Pamela Recinella (Italy)
Designer: Yannis Thavoris (UK)
Video: Apparati Effimeri (Italy)

A stormy journey at sea from Riga to London and the “Aus den Memoiren des Herrn von Schnabelewopski” by Heinrich Heine inspired the young Wagner to write one of his most popular operas. “The Flying Dutchman” (Der fliegende Holländer) was Wagner’s fourth opera and the one in which he came close to his own style and aspirations of writing a musical drama. The young composer found a kindred spirit in the cursed and ever sailing Dutchman: a man who pursues to change the accustomed rules and who yearns for rest from the storms of life. Wagner’s tempestuous and compelling story of The Flying Dutchman’s eternally cursed captain who seeka redemption through the unconditional love of a woman is clothed into a modern and visual setting by the stage director Pamela Recinella, designer Yannis Thavoris, and video design company Apparati Effimeri.

Pamela Recinella: “In the 1840s, Richard Wagner, a naive activist adhering to the Junge Deutschland left-wing critique of capitalist society, believed strongly that art must have a revolutionary social function. Although the young composer would perceive in “The Flying Dutchman” a strong autobiographical correspondence, identifying himself with the wandering damned man excluded from the stormy corrupted society around him and longing for peace, the tale also sustains a broader political reading in line with Wagner’s later views on the timeless relevance of myth. “The Flying Dutchman” is, in fact, a quintessential modern myth – the story of a protagonist possessed by hubris and greed, driven by an insatiable need to have ever more, who finds his damnation in never being able to find satisfaction – a myth whose significance resonates strongly in our own age. Transferred in our production to the capitalistic 1980s, the Dutchman is captured in a sort of ‘Desire machine’, which feeds on materialism and the commodification of the human body. In true Wagnerian fashion, moreover, in such a world the only salvation can be sought through Senta and her unconditional commitment to art.”

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Kesklinna linnaosa, Rahvusooper Estonia, Tallinn

Lendav Hollandlane (R.Wagneri ooper)

27.10.2016, 19:00 - 23:59

11.11.2016, 19:00 - 23:59

20.04.2017, 19:00 - 23:59

28.04.2017, 19:00 - 23:59

19.05.2017, 19:00 - 23:59

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