Der Fliengende Holländer

Sunday, November 22
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2hr 19mins // directed by:Andreas Homoki // featuring:Bryn Terfel, Matti Salminen, Anja Kampe, sung in German

Acclaim for Zürich's Dutchman – Bryn Terfel's first recording of the role in any medium: 'Terfel achieves almost supernatural stage presence...One has no wish to experience any other Dutchman...Gripping, passionate music theatre' – Oper aktuel


Creative Team

Conductor, Alain Altinoglu
Director, Andreas Homoki
Set, Wolfgang Gussmann
Costume Designer, Wolfgang Gussmann & Susana Mendoza
Lighting Designer, Franck Evin
Dramaturg, Werner Hintze
Chorus Master, Jürg Hämmerli
Video Director, Nele Münchmeyer

Artistic Team

Der Holländer, Bryn Terfel
Daland, Matti Salminen
Senta, Anja Kampe
Erik, Marco Jentzsch
Mary, Liliana Nikiteanu
Dalands Steuermann, Fabio Trümpy
Dalands Diener, Nelson Egede
Orchestra and Chorus of the Zurich Opera House


SYNOPSIS

On the coast of Norway

Act I

On his homeward journey, the sea captain Daland is compelled by stormy weather to seek a port of refuge near Sandwike, Norway. He leaves the helmsman on watch and he and the sailors retire. (Song of the helmsman: "Mit Gewitter und Sturm aus fernem Meer" – "With tempest and storm on distant seas.") The helmsman falls asleep. A ghostly vessel appearing astern is dashed against Daland's vessel by the sea and the grappling irons hold the two ships together. Invisible hands furl the sails. A man of pale aspect, dressed in black, his face framed by a thick black beard, steps ashore. He laments his fate. (Aria: "Die Frist ist um, und abermals verstrichen sind sieben Jahr" – "The time has come and seven years have again elapsed"). Because he once invoked Satan, the ghost captain is cursed to roam the sea forever without rest. An angel brought to him the terms of his redemption: every seven years the waves will cast him upon the shore; if he can find a wife who will be true to him he will be released from his curse.

Daland wakes up and meets the stranger. The stranger hears that Daland has an unmarried daughter named Senta, and he asks for her hand in marriage, offering a chest of treasure as a gift. Tempted by gold, Daland agrees to the marriage. The south wind blows and both vessels set sail for Daland's home.

Act II

A group of local girls are singing and spinning in Daland's house. (Spinning chorus: "Summ und brumm, du gutes Rädchen" – "Whir and whirl, good wheel") Senta, Daland's daughter, dreamily gazes upon a gorgeous picture of the legendary Dutchman that hangs from the wall; she desires to save him. Against the will of her nurse, she sings to her friends the story of the Dutchman (ballad with the leitmotiv), how Satan heard him swear and took him at his word. She vows to save him by her fidelity.

The huntsman Erik, Senta's former boyfriend, arrives and hears her; the girl departs, and the huntsman, who loves the maiden, warns her, telling her of his dream, in which Daland returned with a mysterious stranger, who carried her off to sea. She listens with delight, and Erik leaves in despair.

Daland arrives with the stranger; he and Senta stand gazing at each other in silence. Daland is scarcely noticed by his daughter, even when he presents his guest as her betrothed. In the following duet, which closes the act, Senta swears to be true till death.

Act III

Later in the evening, the local girls bring Daland's men food and drink. They invite the crew of the strange vessel to join in the merry-making, but in vain. The girls retire in wonder; ghostly forms appear at work upon the vessel The Flying Dutchman, and Daland's men retreat in fear.

Senta arrives, followed by Erik, who reproves her for deserting him, as she had formerly loved him and vowed constancy. When the stranger, who has been listening, hears these words, he is overwhelmed with despair, as he thinks he is now forever lost. He summons his men, tells Senta of the curse, and to the consternation of Daland and his crew declares that he is the "Flying Dutchman".

As the Dutchman sets sail, Senta throws herself into the sea, claiming that she will be faithful to him unto death. This is his salvation. The spectral ship disappears, and Senta and the Dutchman are seen ascending to heaven.