Der fliegende Holländer, Richard Wagner’s first masterpiece, is the story of the Dutchman, a captain cursed to sail the seas of the world forever; he is only allowed to make landfall once every seven years. This curse can only be broken by the love of a faithful woman. Kasper Holten, one of the most celebrated stage directors of our time, brings a new interpretation to the FNO. In his production, an urban environment and the tempestuous world of the international art trade are underpinned by Wagner’s evocation of the power of love and the sea.
An opera of love and self-sacrifice
“I am doomed to the most dreadful of fates;
tenfold death would be my most heartfelt desire!
From this curse only a woman can liberate me,
a woman who would be faithful to me unto death.”
A new interpretation to Wagner's masterpiece
Seven years have passed once again, the Dutchman returns to the human world and meets Daland. Daland promises the Dutchman his daughter Senta in marriage, but Senta already has a beloved, Erik. Disappointed, the Dutchman sets sail again. At the last minute, Senta declares her loyalty to him and sacrifices herself.
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The Flying Dutchman will be streamed live from the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki on Thursday 24 November. The Finnish Broadcasting Company will host the performance on its web page beginning at 19:00 Finnish time (UTC +3). The performance can also be viewed worldwide in the Stage24 service of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.
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