The Flying Dutchman (Der Fliegende Hollander) - Bryn Terfel with the Zurich Opera Orchestra and Chorus
From: Saturday, 15th December 2012
To: Saturday, 15 December 2012
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The haunting legend of the Dutchman condemned to sail the seas for eternity unless redeemed by loving self sacrifice.
16 December 2012
Der fliegende Holländer has been subject to some pretty ropey stagings in London in recent years and it took a concert performance by Zurich Opera to breathe a fresh wind into the salty tale. Conductor Alain Altinoglu’s reading gave the work a dramatic and musical weight that belied the work’s early place in Wagner’s oeuvre. I’ve never heard the score’s pre-echoes of The Ring so clearly before. Altinoglu took sections at a snail’s pace but the Philharmonia Zurich rose to thrilling heights of excitement, bolstered by the performances of a crack line-up of principal singers.
London has been treated to Bryn Terfel’s Dutchman a number of times and the portrayal is now at an unprecedented level. Following his recent Wotan at Covent Garden, he’s simply the best of today’s Wagnerian singers, with a rare power, subtlety and huge dynamic range. Matti Salminen was a mature D...
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