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Dalland – Robert Lloyd
Senta – Catherine Naglestad
Erik – Marco Jentzsch
Mary – Marina Prudenskaja
Der Steuermann Dalands – Oliver Ringelhahn
Der Hollander – Juha Uusitalo

Netherlands Opera Chorus
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/Harmut Haenchen

Martin Kušej, stage director

Recorded live at the De Nederlandse Opera, February 2010

Opus Arte (Blu-ray Disc Version) OABD 7084 D

A highly imaginative rethink of a difficult early Wagner opera, which boasts a superb orchestral account of the score from Hartmut Haenchen.

Der fliegende Holländer is curiously imbalanced between his newer style and more conventional Italian opera practices. Martin Kušej sets it in a modern world of cruises and ferries, the Dutchman's crew shadowy asylum seekers, long time 'refugees on the seas of conflict and revolution' [Opera Journal].

It is a stupendous performance, slow maybe to adjust and get into, but compulsive viewing once you've got used to its premises. It is given in a continuous one-act version, and for the interludes between the scenes we are with the orchestra - as used to be the way in the opera house.

Terrific, persuasive singing, and a great change from the uninterrpted flow of music in The Ring...

Definitely one for Wagner collectors to not pass by.

Peter Grahame Woolf

Review of the 2010 production (in German)