Opera Colorado to current Wagner’s ‘Flying Dutchman’


Legendary ghost ship will sail into Denver Feb. 24, for 4 performances

By Peter Alexander Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

By no means thoughts the forecast; there can be stormy seas in Denver the top of February and early March.

Not less than there can be on the stage of the Ellie Caulkins Opera Home, the place Opera Colorado will current Richard Wagner’s Fliegende Holländer (Flying Dutchman) for a complete of 4 performances opening Feb. 24 (7:30 pm. Saturday; subsequent performances Feb. 27, March 1 and three are listed under). Performances underneath the musical path of Ari Pelto will function Norwegian baritone Olafur Sigurdarson within the title function and American soprano Marcy Stonikas as Senta.

Colour sketch of Opera Colorado manufacturing of Fliegende Holländer. Courtesy of Opera Colorado.

Wagner wrote The Flying Dutchman in 1840 and ’41 whereas he was residing in Paris. He wrote the textual content, primarily based on a narrative by Heinrich Heine, and the music, setting a sample that he would observe in his subsequent music dramas. Afterwards he wrote to his mates, “From right here begins my profession as poet, and my farewell to the mere concoctor of opera-texts.”

The 1843 premiere in Dresden was carried out by Wagner himself. Modestly profitable on the first efficiency, The Flying Dutchman is mostly considered Wagner’s first mature work. It’s thought-about an opera, whereas his later works are categorized as music dramas, a extra thorough synthesis of music, textual content, setting and different dramatic components.

Fliegende Holländer set underneath development. Courtesy of Opera Colorado.

The opera enacts the story of a ship’s captain who’s condemned to sail the seas for eternity, till he’s redeemed by the love of a lady. Allowed to land solely as soon as each seven years, the Dutchman encounters an avaricious Norwegian sea captain, Daland, and his dreamy daughter Senta, who has lengthy been fascinated by a portrait of the Dutchman hanging in her dwelling. For various causes, each are wanting to make the rich Dutchman a part of the household by marriage, and in the long run Senta makes the last word sacrifice, releasing the Dutchman from his curse.

The music that opens the opera was impressed by a stormy voyage Wagner had taken from Riga to London. This highly effective opening has made the Overture to The Flying Dutchman a preferred staple of the orchestral repertoire.

Opera Colorado has assembled an interesting forged for his or her manufacturing. Sigudarson has sung Wagner roles at Bayreuth and the Metropolitan Opera, amongst different homes, and different main roles all through Europe. Stonikas has received a number of vocal competitions and sung main roles at Seattle Opera. Solid as Daland, bass Harold Wilson has intensive Metropolitan Opera roles to his credit score, and sang at Deutsche Opera Berlin for 5 seasons. One other Met veteran, Chad Shelton takes the main tenor function of Erik.

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Opera Colorado, Ari Pelto, conductor
Kathleen Smith Belcher, stage director; Alan E. Muraoka, set designer

  • Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, Tuesday, Feb, 27, and Friday, March 1
2 p.m. Sunday, March 3
Ellie Caulkins Opera Home, Denver Performing Arts Complicated

Sung in German with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat.



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