The Flying Dutchman is an extraordinary collision of different realms: Erik’s nightmare of Senta’s visions of the Dutchman’s curse; Daland and his men sheltering from the storm within sight of home; the Steersman singing into the inky darkness conjuring the memory of his sweetheart; the women of the village spinning their desires for the safe return of their absent husbands and boyfriends. The cycle of images builds throughout the opera with increasing force, to coalesce in the final moments, realizing Wagner’s great theme of redemption through love.
This is a very strong production and certainly the best of the year from the State Opera.
State Opera Chorus
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra