MET Delayed Live
The great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel brings his acclaimed portrayal of the doomed title sea captain in Richard Wagner’s 'The Flying Dutchman' to cinemas on March 15.
Valery Gergiev conducts a new production by François Girard, whose visionary 2013 take on Parsifal set the recent Met standard for Wagner stagings. With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. The gifted German soprano Anja Kampe, in her Met debut run, is the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks, with bass Franz-Josef Selig as her father, Daland, and tenor Sergey Skorokhodov as her deserted former lover, Erik.
The score of 'Der Fliegende Holländer' is an extraordinary combination of operatic lyricism, dramatic insight, and magnificent effects. At the time it was written, Wagner had not yet developed his theories of music-drama, which would form the basis for his later works. Many of the features of conventional opera (recitatives, arias, ensembles), therefore, can still be found, but the way Wagner integrates them into the fabric of the score clearly foreshadows his later technique of a continuous musical flow. Sung in German with English subtitles.
120m approx. No interval.
Tickets £20 (£17.50 Friends/Students)
Sun 15 Mar 15:30 - 17:30 approx (delayed live)