Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
The first performance of Der fliegende Holländer was held in Königlich Sächsisches Hoftheater on 2 January 1843. The world premiere was conducted by Richard Wagner. The first production of Der fliegende Holländer ath the Bayreuth Festival was in 1901.
Simon Estes in the ground breaking production by Harry Kupfer in Bayreuth (1978-85). This production was filmed in 1985 and is available on DVD.
Der fliegende Holländer was produced in the following cities the first years after the world premiere in 1843
|1844||Berlin (well received by the public, but not revived before 1868)|
|1852||Zürich (conducted by Wagner)|
|1853||Weimar (Franz Liszt)|
|1901||Bayreuth: First production (see poster below)|
The puppets used at the end of Bayreuth's 1901 production.
Said about Der fliegende Holländer
The figure of the "Flying Dutchman" is a mythical creation of the Folk: a primal trait of human nature speaks out from it with heart-enthralling force. This trait, in its most universal meaning, is the longing after rest from amid the storms of life.
Richard Wagner in "A Communication to my Friends
My interpretation of the Dutchman is very simple: It is the story of the Western European man today, who is losing his job in this kind of economic system we have today. He is depressive, thinking about where he can find loyalty, fidelity, solidarity - where he can find something true.
Catarina Ligendza as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer (film version from 1974, available on DVD).
Der fliegende Holländer in different languages
Der fliegende Holländer
The Flying Dutchman
La Vaisseau Fantôme
El holandés errante
A bolygó hollandi
De Vliegende Hollander
Den flyvende hollænder
Den flygande holländaren
Den flyvende hollender
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