23.01.–05.04.2025 / Opera

Der flie­gen­de Hol­län­der

Richard Wagner
Sat 01.02.2025
Opernhaus Düsseldorf
19:30 - 21:45
Wechselnde Wochentage-Abo 1
19:30 - 21:45
Revival Opera
Sonntagnachmittags-Abo 2
Wechselnde Wochentage-Abo 1
19:30 - 21:45
For the last time this season Opera
Samstags-Abo 2
Drama of longing and soul in a rushing sea of sound
Opera in three acts
Libretto by the composer
In German with surtitles
approx. 2 ¼ hours, no interval
For all from 12 upwards
The "Flying Dutchman" is different from the men who populate Senta's provincial world. An outsider like them, he is also shrouded in a dark doom. The Dutchman once cursed God; as punishment, he must sail the oceans in his ghost ship until a loving woman redeems him from his curse. Senta is destined to turn the legendary sailor's fate around... Director Vasily Barkhatov tells the story of Senta's quest for romantic self-assertion with cinematic intensity.
Musikalische Leitung
Senta’s life is a drab and dull one. Home is not a comfortable place to be and her down-toearth fiancé Erik is hardly glamorous while her friends have accepted their own fates and treat her dreams with scorn. However, this only makes Senta more passionate to break away from the dismal predictability of her provincial existence. And she has a plan. Ever since she was a little girl, Senta has felt she has a fateful connection with the saga of the Flying Dutchman: the grim sailor who, the story goes, cursed God in the middle of a risky manoeuvre at sea and has been condemned to wander the seas ever since until the day when he is redeemed by a woman’s true love. Senta is convinced that she is destined to be that woman, whose steadfast love will change the Dutchman’s fate – and also bring meaning to her own life. Her relatives are concerned by Senta’s growing obsession with the tale of the “Flying Dutchman”. But however much they try, they are unable to deter Senta from devoting her life to rescuing the legendary sailor. When Senta suddenly believes she has seen the Flying Dutchman alive before her eyes, she senses: Now the time has come to achieve great things … //

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