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67% of them found this experience better than or comparable to a live performance.
If you saw the Nederlandse production of “Norma” you will know that the staging may be unexpected. This production of Wagner’s splendid “Flying Dutchman” also offers some surprises, but we think you’lll find them very refreshing !!!
Austrian director Martin Kušej's pioneering vision brings a challenging and provoking insight to Wagner’s opera of love and redemption, with his singular ability to connect characters and their actions to the score. Martin Zehetsgruber’s spacious, multi-layered sets define the settings through which Daland (Robert Lloyd), Senta (Catherine Naglestad), The Dutchman (Juha Uusitalo) and the chorus move to great effect fulfilling the fine conducting of Hartmut Haenchen.
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Generally speaking, everyone acknowledged that the quality of singing, acting and orchestral playing and interpretation was very high. However, several jury members found staging to “modern” and, in the case of the first act, somewhat “austere”.
I really enjoyed this production, the set, costumes, sound etc. I particularly enjoy watching it in this setting—a Home Opera Theatre! I was able to follow more of it than in live performances I’ve seen.
The orchestra and singers were very good. Staging got off to a bad start. I kept my eyes closed during the overture to ward off seasickness. Wasn’t overly impressed by the rest of it either.
What I most liked about this production was the singing, the orchestra and the actors. All excellent! What I rather liked less was the staging which I found to be too muted.
I very much enjoyed the second act, but rather less the first with the staging and the duo’s between the Captain and the Dutchman.
I was very impressed by the quality of the show, because you feel you are actually on the stage. It is much better than being at the theatre or watching live transmissions from the Met or the Paris Opera, etc.
I liked the acting between the principals: Senta and the Dutchman, Senta and Erik. Good connections there. Voices great for these three. Not so strong for the father. I am less sure about the staging. Somewhat overdone, for example the blood smearing. On the whole a worthwhile evening. The music and the orchestra were superb.
The interpretation was outstanding for the singers (with some reservations about Senta’s father) as well as for the orchestra and chorus. I was not however convinced by the staging, especially in Act One.
This production had a slow start. The singers became better as the drama grew in intensity. Senta was really excellent. I felt the Dutchman’s acting could have been better, but he was the best male singer by far.
I was a little shocked at the beginning, but absolutely delighted by the last act and finally, completely won over by the extremely modern staging.
The change from the usual 18th century seaport town to the rather abstract modern setting stressed the mythic quality in the meaning of Wagner’s intended idea. The conventional settings stressed a rather realistic interpretation—here the emphasis was on mythical ideas removed from reality. The acting, especially Senta and Erik was superb, doubtless with much help from the stage director.
Excellent singers— but the staging a little disturbing — fabulous picture and sound. Superb orchestral playing.
I didn’t like the images which were too “modern”, too different from those of the time of Wagner. The women who were too undressed and the costumes
Dancing / performance: A
HDVD production: A
Overall ranking: B+
16 / 04 /2011
The Flying Dutchman
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