Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (Bayreuth, 1985)
Opera

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (Bayreuth, 1985)

Performance date: 24/06/1985
Available until: 31/12/2023
137 Min

Wagner's Flying Dutchman had never been seen like this before: At the 1978 Bayreuth Festival, director Harry Kupfer presented the story of the title character's restless travels around the world entirely from the perspective of the female protagonist Senta. In Peter Sykora's stage design, which undergoes several magical transformations, the events seem to take place on the threshold between wakefulness and dream, reality and hallucination. Due to the psychological depth of the characterization and the compelling acting performances of Lisbeth Balslev and Simon Estes, the production reaches the intensity of an Ingmar Bergman film. Harry Kupfer continued his work in Bayreuth a few years later with a successful Ring production.

Soloists
Lisbeth Balslev (Soprano), Graham Clark (Tenor), Simon Estes (Baritone), Matti Salminen (Bass), Anny Schlemm (Alto), Robert Schunk (Tenor)
Ensembles
Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Conductor
Woldemar Nelsson