Richard Wagner’s opera ‘The Flying Dutchman’ (‘Der Fliegende Holländer’) will be screened live in Sarajevo’s ‘Chamber Theater 55’ on Saturday, March 14 at 17:55 hrs.
The opera - which tells the story of a cursed sea captain doomed to sail the open ocean for eternity - premiered in 1843, and Wagner himself conducted the premiere at the Königliches Hoftheater in Dresden.
The German composer originally wrote the work to be performed without intermission and, while today’s opera houses sometimes still follow this directive, ‘The Flying Dutchman’ is also performed in a three-act version.
Audience in Sarajevo will have the opportunity to watch in HD resolution live performance of the opera from the New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
Statement published on the Metropolitan Opera’s official web site reads that “Francois Girard, whose revelatory 2013 take on Parsifal set the recent Met standard for Wagner stagings, now unveils a spellbinding new vision of the composer’s tale of a cursed sea captain”. “With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting”, the statement reads.
This live transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.