Apr. 29 at 1pm on 90.5. FM WKAR Radio | Der Fliegende Holländer is the earliest of Wagner’s operatic creations to remain in the repertory.
New Met star Michael Volle sings the title role of the ghostly sailor damned to wander the seas in search of the love that will set him free, under the baton of the exciting Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Amber Wagner is Senta, whose love he seeks. The powerhouse cast also includes Dolora Zajick, Ben Bliss, Franz-Josef Selig, and Jay Hunter Morris as Erik, returning for the first time after his memorable portrayal of Siegfried in Wagner’s Ring.
The two lead roles represent archetypes the composer would return to, in one form or another, in most of his later works: the “otherworldly stranger” and the woman who sacrifices herself for his salvation. The work’s unearthly ambience is impressive but only one aspect of it: both the world of nature and of the supernatural are magnificently evoked in the score.
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