Thursday, December 14, 2017

Yekaterinburg Opera to produce Wagner's "Flying Dutchman"

The Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theater will produce Richard Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" on Sept. 24; Nov. 7, 12 and 13; and Dec. 10.

The opera follows the story of sea Captain Daland, who is compelled to seek refuge during a storm on his journey home. Wagner wrote the opera after a period of struggle in his life in which he was in serious debt and his wife had a miscarriage. He traveled by sea through storms to escape debtors.

He wrote the first prose draft of the story in Paris in May 1840 and completed the libretto the following year. The first production was staged in Dresden in January 1843 and was conducted by Wagner himself.