From the Bayreuth Festival: "Der fliegende Holländer" (The Flying Dutchman) by Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Conductor: Woldemar Nelsson - Stage director: Harry Kupfer. With Simon Estes (Der Holländer), Lisbeth Balslev (Senta), Matti Salminen (Daland), Robert Schunk (Erik), Anny Schlemm (Mary), Graham Clark (Der Steuermann). Harry Kupfer's production presents the story of the Flying Dutchman as a hallucination, a figment of Senta's disturbed imagination. She is seen 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. "This is a performance that hauls one into its strikingly vivid and richly imaginative world. Woldemar Nelsson's conducting is stormy, but also tightly drawn, illuminating the score like lightning" (The Times).





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