«Der Fliegende Holländer» as a mystery-thriller with Bryn Terfel

Der Fliegende Holländer was staged by Richard Wagner at the Zurich Opera House in the season 12/13 featuring Bryn Terfel, Anja Kampe and Matti Salminen. It was also Andreas Homocki's first production as the director of the opera house. The production, which was also shown on television as a joint project by ZDF and Arte, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray: Thanks to Terfel’s performance, the Zurich Dutch production is already legendary. The DVD or Blu-ray is a must for every opera lover who did not manage to see the Dutchman live.

Andreas Homoki staged Der Fliegende Holländer in Zurich as a capitalism-critical mystery thriller. It should be exciting and unreal. Matti Salminen embodies the symbol of the capitalist entrepreneur confidently and vocally expressive throughout his role as Daland.

The Flying Dutchman Bryn Terfel represents the uncontrollable forces of the irrational, which cause Daland's entrepreneurial world to totter, vocally complex and powerful throughout his mysterious appearances. Due to the figure of the Dutchman and the great presence of Terfels, the order gets disturbed. The fact that Senta does not want to fit into this order as a figure is brilliantly performed by Anja Kampe through her play and her voice.

The orchestra creates an impressive Wagnerian sound of the 21st century in Der Fliegende Holländer. The Philharmonia Zurich, conducted by Alain Altinoglu, accompanies attentively where necessary, whipped-up where the action picks up speed, and always performs with precision and color.

Alain Altinoglu Conductor
Andreas Homoki Production
Wolfgang Gussmann Stage and costume design
Susana Mendoza Costume design
Franck Evin Lighting desing
Ernst Raffelsberger Choir director

Anja Kampe Senta
Liliana Nikiteanu Mary
Bryn Terfel Holländer
Matti Salminen Daland
Marco Jentzsch Erik
Fabio Trümpy Steuermann

Philharmonia Zürich
Chor der Oper Zürich

Richard Wagner
Der Fliegende Holländer

Live recording from the Zurich Opera House, September 2015
In German language
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean
DVD 139 min
Image format NTSC 16:9
Sound format stereo/DTS 5.1


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