This week, we take you to Bayreuth, the theater which Richard Wagner designed, to hear his storm-tossed opera The Flying Dutchman. This work opened the annual Wagner festival in July, and made news headlines around the world.
On the podium is Christian Thielemann, who is widely known as a Wagner conductor. In an interview before this performance, Thielemann said, "The Flying Dutchman is the hardest piece I've ever done here," noting that the work was not written for performing in Bayreuth's orchestra pit. This performance was also notable because its star baritone, Evgeny Nikitin, suddenly pulled out when tattoos from his former career as a heavy-metal singer became an issue and made the news.
Now, Samuel Youn stars as the title role, the Dutchman roams the seas, halting every seven years to seek redemption through true love Senta, played by Adrianne Pieczonka. Franz-Josef Selig is her father Daland, Benjamin Bruns is helmsman and Michael König plays Erik.
Note: this replaces the previously scheduled airing of Britten's Rape of Lucretia.