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Der fliegende Holländer

opera in three acts
music by Richard Wagner

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2 hours 40 minutes
one interval
deperformed in Deutsch (with Russian surtitles)
16+for viewers over 16 years old
Der fliegende Holländer
Artists
The Dutchman Alexander Kuznetsov
Daland Stanislav Shvets
Senta Maria Litke
Erik Dmitry Voropaev
Mary Ekaterina Egorova
Dalands steersman Dmitry Karpov    debut

Conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov
Credits
Libretto by Richard Wagner

Musical Director of the production: Vasily Petrenko
Stage Director: Vasily Barkhatov
Stage Designer: Nikolay Simonov
Costume Designer: Maria Danilova
Lighting Designer: Damir Ismagilov
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Chorus: Vladimir Stolpovskikh
Principal Pianist: Alexander Pakuev
First Assistant to Stage Director: Yulia Prokhorova
Second Assistant to Stage Director: Vyacheslav Kalyuzhny
Chorus Masters: Alexey Dmitriev, Sergey Tsyplenkov
Music Culture and Language Répétiteur: Alexey Dyakov
Consultant in the German language: Galina Burkova
Surtitles: Margarita Kunitsyna-Tankevich
Video: Maria Nebesnaya, Yury Yarushnikov
Stage Manager: Olga Kokh

We are thankful to salon “Aquarius” for the organization of the photoshoot

  • Best Opera Production
  • Best Conductor (Vasily Petrenko)
  • Best Stage Director (Vasily Barkhatov)
  • Best Female Opera Role (Asmik Grigorian for the role of Senta)
  • Best Male Opera Role (Dmitry Golovnin for the role of Erik)

Premiere of the production: 6 July 2013

After Richard Wagners libretto

Act I

Driven by a violent storm to take shelter, Daland anchors his ship in the bay of Sandwike, some miles from his home port. Leaving his Steersman on watch, Daland and his crew go to rest. The Steersman, to keep himself awake, sings a ballad. But eventually he falls asleep. A strange ship appears. Its captain, the legendary Flying Dutchman, sings of the curse upon him. Once he swore he would try to round a cape even if it took until eternity; the devil took him at his word: his rate is now to sail unceasingly until the Day of Judgment unless he can find a woman faithful unto death. Every seven years he may come ashore to search for one, and the time has now come again. Daland returns to the deck, sees the strange ship and rouses the Steersman. They hail it but are met with silence. Daland meets the Dutchman, who tells him of his wanderings and asks for Dalands friendship and hospitality. In return he can offer untold riches. When the Dutchman discovers Daland has a daughter he asks to marry her. Daland is delighted. The Dutchman wonders whether this woman will be his saviour. A southerly wind has sprung up and Dalands crew prepare to set sail, the Dutchman promising to follow.

Act II

Sentas friends are singing. Senta takes no part in the work, preferring to gaze at a picture of the Flying Dutchman. Mary reproaches her and the women mock her for her obsession with the Dutchman, particularly when she has a lover, Erik. Senta asks Mary to sing the ballad of the Dutchman; she refuses, so Senta sings it herself. The women are moved by the story.
Senta declares that she will be the woman to bring salvation to the doomed Dutchman. Everyone is horrified, including Erik, who overheard her. He tells them Dalands ship is returning. Mary says the picture will be thrown out when Daland comes home. The women leave to prepare for the sailors arrival. Erik begs Senta to be faithful to him but she is anxious to go and meet her father. Erik wishes she would forget the picture and the ballad. Senta is unmoved by his self-pity; the Dutchman´s sorrow cuts through her. Erik dreamt of a strange ship: Sentas father and a stranger approached and Erik recognized the stranger as the Dutchman; Senta embraced him and sailed away with him. Senta is now convinced that the Dutchman is seeking her and it is her fate to save him. Erik leaves in despair. Daland arrives with the Dutchman. He is puzzled that his daughter has not greeted him in the usual way. She is transfixed by the visitor. Daland asks her to offer him hospitality and urges her to marry him. He leaves the two alone, commending their respective virtues. The Dutchman and Senta are entranced, each contemplating the fulfillment of their dreams. Senta, overwhelmed by his suffering, saying she will be his salvation. The Dutchman warns her of the sacrifices she must make if she is to be one to him forever. But she says she will be true until death. Daland returns. He is overjoyed that there is now an engagement to celebrate.

Act III

The sailors are having a party. The women arrive with food and drink and take some to the strangers ship. But there is no response to their calls. The sailors continue their festivities. Suddenly the Dutchmans crew come to life. The Norwegians flee in terror. Senta appears with Erik, who is broken-hearted and reproachful. He pleads with her to remember her promises to him. The Dutchman is listening, and believes Senta unfaithful to him. He will return to the sea, never return to land, and forego his salvation. Senta begs him to stay but Erik wants her to let the Dutchman go. He tells her he will not let her fall victim to his curse, as have countless women in the st: all have sworn fidelity to him and broken their oaths; eternal damnation is their reward. Senta will be saved for she has not sworn fidelity to him before God. She maintains she has always known both his identity and destiny. Erik calls for help. The Dutchman reveals his identity, boards his ship end leaves. In ecstasy Senta calls out to him and throws herself in to the sea. The ship founders together with its captain. The lovers souls unite after death.

Alexander Kuznetsov: Ride the wave, like a surfer

On 11 February the Mikhailovsky Theatre soloist Alexander Kuznetsov will debut in the title role of Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer.


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