“Praise your angel and his edict! Here I stand, true to you unto death!”

“Praise your angel and his edict! Here I stand, true to you unto death!”

WAGNER

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

FESTIVAL THEATRE 

7-14 NOVEMBER 2009

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.

REVIEWS

This is a very strong production and certainly the best of the year from the State Opera.

Arts HubEdward Joyner

CAST

The Dutchman John Wegner
Senta Margaret Medlyn
Erik Stuart Skelton
Daland Daniel Sumegi
Mary Katharine Tier
Steersman Angus Wood

State Opera Chorus
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

CREATIVES

Conductor Nicholas Braithwaite
Director Chris Drummond
Set & Lighting Design Geoff Cobham
Costume Design Michael A R Anderson
Assistant Director David Lampard

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

Helpmann Nomination – Best Direction of an Opera- Chris Drummond
Helpmann Nomination – Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera- Stuart Skelton
Helpmann Nomination – Best Male Performer in an Opera- John Wegner
Helpmann Nomination – Best Lighting Design- Geoff Cobham

GALLERY

PROGRAM