WAGNER, R.: Fliegende Hollander (Der) (Bayreuth Festival, 1985)


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Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
Libretto/Text Author: Wagner, Richard

Der Hollander: Estes, Simon
Der Steuermann: Clark, Graham

Set/Stage Designer: Sykora, Peter
Costume Designer: Heinrich, Reinhard
Stage Director: Kupfer, Harry
Television Director: Large, Brian

Date of Production: 1985
Festival: Bayreuth Festival
Venue: Bayreuth Festspielhaus
Playing Time: 02:16:50
Catalogue Number: A05004637

For his production of The Flying Dutchman, premiered in 1978, Harry Kupfer chose the original Dresden version of 1843, which has a rougher, more muscular texture than the subsequent editions. When The Flying Dutchman was performed in Zurich and Munich, Wagner himself revised the work, softening the instrumentation and appending the "redemption" conclusions to the overture and the third act. What was the reason for the heated disputes which took place between the conservative Bayreuth Wagnerians and the more progressive lovers of the composer's music? Harry Kupfer's production presents the entire story of the Flying Dutchman as a hallucination, a figment of Senta's disturbed imagination. She is seen by the director as a highly neurotic, even schizophrenic young girl, whose yearning for the eternally wandering Dutchman puts her into a trance-like state, in which her own internal drama is acted out in the form of a vision. By having the character leap through the window to her death at the end of the opera, Harry Kupfer has placed a highly personal interpretation on Wagner's notion of "redemption".

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