Der Fliegende Holländer (free staging)
14 - 16 JULY
Starring Bryn Terfel
The ghostly seafaring Dutchman is only allowed ashore once every seven years to find a woman who will lift his curse by swearing eternal love. He sails into a Norwegian port and finds just the woman: Senta. Will she settle down with dull Erik, her fiancée? Or throw in her lot with the doomed Captain?
There is no one better to have at the helm than the superstar Bryn Terfel in the role as the Dutchman, with Wagnerian soprano of the moment Rachel Nicholls as Senta, the woman who would give up life itself to free him and tenor du jour Nicky Spence.
We welcome the distinguished Wagnerian conductor Anthony Negus into the pit.
With its storm-tossed score – Wagner claimed that the inspiration was a particularly stomach-turning crossing of the North Sea – The Flying Dutchman is a gripping supernatural tour-de-force.
An opera in three acts
Sung in German with English surtitles
Music & Libretto : Richard Wagner
First performance: 2 January 1843, Königliche Hoftheater, Dresden
UK première: 23 July 1870, Drury Lane
Supported by The Ethos Foundation & Others
Cast & Creatives
THE DUTCHMAN ∙ BRYN TERFEL Sponsor David & Clare Kershaw
SENTA, enthralled by the Dutchman ∙ RACHEL NICHOLLS Sponsor Peter & Manina Dicks
DALAND, Senta’s father ∙ RICHARD WIEGOLD
ERIK, in love with Senta ∙ NICKY SPENCE Sponsor John & Carol Wates
MARY, Senta’s nurse ∙ CAROLYN DOBBIN Sponsor Martin Brown
STEERSMAN ∙ ELGAN LLŶR THOMAS
CONDUCTOR ∙ ANTHONY NEGUS Sponsor Nerissa Guest
ORCHESTRA ∙ THE GASCOIGNE ORCHESTRA
Thursday 14 July 5:45pm
Saturday 16 July 5:45pm
Pioneers & Singer Sponsors: Wednesday 6 Oct
Revels: Wednesday 20 Oct
Hippocrates: Wednesday 24 Nov
Archimedes: Wednesday 15 Dec
Plato: Wednesday 9 Feb
Public: Wednesday 9 Mar