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The Flying Dutchman

Opera in the Concert Hall

Wagner 200
David Robertson conducts
Date Mon 22 Jul Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 2 hours 15 mins (no interval)

The drama and spectacle of opera comes to the Concert Hall when David Robertson conducts Wagner's first great opera, The Flying Dutchman.

In another century, the Flying Dutchman took the Devil's name in vain, and now he's doomed to sail the seas, allowed ashore once every seven years to search for the woman who will be his salvation. Meanwhile, by the Norwegian fjords, Senta dreams that she will be the one to liberate the legendary (ghostly?) Dutchman. It's a tale of obsession, sacrifice and redemption. And zombies.

American bass-baritone Eric Owens sings with a 'mastery that would be at home in any Wagnerian golden age'. Making his Australian debut as the Dutchman, he heads a cast of powerful and radiant voices that will bring this Romantic psychodrama to life. The Concert Hall itself will be draped in the inspired and fluid illusions of video and projections designer, S. Katy Tucker.

Flying Dutchman - A sneak preview
The Flying Dutchman - A sneak preview

A sneak preview of S. Katy Tucker's video projections.

The Flying Dutchman

Audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music.


Track 1 - WAGNER The Flying Dutchman: Overture
Track 2 - WAGNER The Flying Dutchman: Spinning Chorus ('Summ und brumm, du gutes Rädchen')
Track 3 - WAGNER The Flying Dutchman: Sailor's Chorus ('Steuermann, laß die Wacht!')
Track 4 -WAGNER The Flying Dutchman: 'Verloren! Ach! Verloren!' (Lost! Ah! Lost!)
George London (bass-baritone) as The Dutchman with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden conducted by Antal Doráti
DECCA 452 731-2

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  • WAGNER The Flying Dutchman
  • Sung in German with English Surtitles
  • David Robertson conductor
  • Eric Owens bass-baritone (The Dutchman)
  • Orla Boylan* soprano (Senta)
  • Ain Anger bass (Daland)
  • John Daszak tenor (Erik)
  • John Tessier tenor (The Steersman)
  • Sally-Anne Russell mezzo-soprano (Mary)
  • Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
  • S Katy Tucker video/projections designer

*We regret that Amber Wagner, has, unfortunately, had to withdraw from the planned concerts with the Sydney Symphony due to health reasons. We are, however, extremely grateful to Orla Boylan for agreeing to take over the performance.

^We've produced a special interactive program book that includes music and video clips, together with additional images. You'll need Adobe Reader (desktop) to enjoy all the features. If you have trouble viewing the program in your browser, save the file to your computer first.

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