Boston Lyric Opera: US premiere of the 1841 edition of Der Fliegende Holländer

Written By The Wagnerian on Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 9:39:00 am

As part of Wagner's bicentenary in 2013, Boston Lyric Opera will premiere, for the first time in the USA, the 1841 critical edition of Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer. The 1841 edition was written prior to the revision that premiered in Dresden in 1842 and which moved the location from Scotland to Norway, changed a number of the characters names and changed the opera from a single to three act drama. More as we receive it but below is the release from BLO.

US premiere of the 1841 critical edition

An evocative exploration of love as redemption and escape concludes BLO’s 2012/2013 Season. In honor of Wagner’s bicentennial year, the Company has selected the original 1841 edition of The Flying Dutchman, set in a 19th century Scottish fishing village, as the musical foundation for its new production.
Michael Cavanagh directs and British soprano Allison Oakes makes her BLO debut as Senta, the romantic heroine, who in her desperation to escape her constrictive and claustrophobic life, conjures up the mythical figure of The Dutchman. Also making their BLO debuts in Dutchman are tenor Chad Shelton as Erik and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as The Dutchman. New sets and costumes by John Conklin mirror Wagner’s dramatic vision of the uncontrollable force of the sea.

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