The Wagner Bicentenary Celebration Continues…
@San Francisco Opera
A new production of Richard Wagner’s short opera, Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), is San Francisco’s vehicle for the composer’s bicentenary celebration, ongoing from October 22 through November 15. Wagner’s mythic tale of a condemned ship captain and the woman who will do anything to redeem him, stars bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, who thrilled San Francisco audiences as a powerful Jokanaan in the 2009 performance of Richard Strauss’ Salome. Other noted Wagnerians complete the cast: Petra Maria Schnitzer in her role debut as the Dutchman’s steadfast love Senta, Ian Storey (Siegfried in 2011’s Götterdämmerung) as Erik and Kristinn Sigmundsson as Daland. San Francisco Opera Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers conducts and Petrika Ionesco (who directed and designed 2010’s Cyrano de Bergerac) directs the new production which he also designed, with costumes by Lili Kendaka. This inventive co-production with Belgium’s Opéra Royal de Wallonie has been extensively enhanced since its 2011 premiere in Liège to further develop the vision of the director and has been expanded to make use of the space available on the War Memorial Opera House stage. S. Katy Tucker, who previously designed projections for San Francisco Opera’s 2011 Ring Cycle and world premiere of Heart of a Soldier, has created new projections utilizing the company’s recently acquired state-of-the-art projection equipment.
Part of the celebration included San Francisco Opera Guild’s Insight Panel Discussion on October 21, featuring members of the cast and production team.
Watch a video clip of highlights from the San Francisco production:
Earlier in the year, toward the end of its 2012-2013 season, LA Opera staged its own new spectacular production of “The Flying Dutchman”. Watch a video clip of highlights from this production:
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