Wagner's The Flying Dutchman from San Francisco Opera

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Greer Grimsley, left, sings The Dutchman and Lise Lindstrom sings Senta in San Francisco Opera’s 'The Flying Dutchman' Greer Grimsley, left, sings The Dutchman and Lise Lindstrom sings Senta in San Francisco Opera’s 'The Flying Dutchman' (SF Opera)

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for a broadcast from the San Francisco Opera of its new production Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. The story of a man condemned to sail the oceans endlessly unless he can find the one woman willing to be faithful even unto death, the production stars bass-baritone Greer Grimsley in the title role and dramatic soprano Lise Lindstrom as Senta.

The Petrika Ionseco production, imported from Belgium for the Wagner centennial year, incorporates multicolored projected visual images of the ocean, ghost world and cosmos.

Cast:
Senta   Lise Lindstrom
Mary   Erin Johnson
Erik   Ian Storey
The Steersman   A.J. Glueckert
Daland    Kristinn Sigmundsson
The Dutchman   Greer Grimsley

CONDUCTOR:  Patrick Summers
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Petrika Ionesco

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Comments [3]

concetta nardone from Nassau

CBC: tante belle cose anche a te. Could not listen yesterday. I too remember London and Rysanek in this. Great stuff.
When my son was in the navy, the commander asked for sailing music when they were to set sail. My son recommended the overture to this and it was played on the sound system. The other sailors asked what that was. I wonder if any of them started listening to opera. It is a start.

Sep. 07 2014 07:17 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

I thought the very same thing that Mr. Cavanaugh did as soon as Greer Grimsley sang "Die frist ist um". I couldn't help think that George London was reborn! What a glorious singer Mr. Grimsley is and what pathos as well as resonance he brings to the Dutchman! For me, the Dutchman must have pathos througout. In earlier years, Friedrich Schorr and Ferdinand Frantz, two other favorites, had that to burn in this role. Lise Lindstrom I'm sure is well on her way to superstar status, along with Greer Grimsley. Kristinn Sigmundsson also impressed me mightilly as Daland. Patrick Summers and the Orchestra were superb, my only quibble and reservation being the decision to cut the final trio between Senta, Erik and the Dutchman. Nowadays, we usually hear the opera uninterrupted by intermissions, as Wagner intended. In this production, there was one after Act I, but Acts II and III were performed successively without intermission. The pacing of Daland's sailors' song with the fury of the Dutchman's sailors I thought was just right with the three (many more) piccolos and wind machine adding their coloristic horror. The maidens' spinning wheel chorus was well done; and the laughter written in a first inversion chord was right on pitch. I got a very good feeling from the Overture, its polyphonic strands and polyrythms all in bright relief. I imagined the stage images Wagner writes so descriptively in my mind's eye as I followed the orchestra score. Bravo, San Francisco Opera!

Sep. 06 2014 03:46 PM

CBC Buon' Pommoriggio! Remember London & Rysanek in this opera? Che bella musica! I like it played without Acts but as a whole piece as Wagner wanted. Tutte cose belle, pace e gioia.

Sep. 06 2014 01:04 PM

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