While weighing in at about two-and-a-half hours — without an intermission — "The Flying Dutchman" may still be Wagner's most straightforward and approachable opera. It's a stormy drama of legendary determination, undeniable love and ultimate redemption.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "The Flying Dutchman" from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London. The stars are bass-baritone Egils Silins in the title role, with soprano Adrianne Pieczonka as Senta, the woman who frees the Dutchman from his eternal journey, in a production led by conductor Andris Nelsons.
The Dutchman: Egils Silins (bass-baritone)
Senta: Adrianne Pieczonka (soprano)
Daland: Peter Rose (bass)
Erik: Mochael König (tenor)
Mary: Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)
Steersman: Ed Lyon (tenor)
Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
Andris Nelsons, conductor