The Flying Dutchman, a grand opera by German composer Richard Wagner is one of the most dazzling works of opera, premiering in 1843 at Dresden's Semperoper. As the source for the libretto Wagner used a satirical novel by the great author of romanticism Heinrich Heine, The Memoirs of Herr von Schnabelewopski, which retells an old legend of a haunted seaman doomed to eternally wander the seas. At the heart of the action, that takes place in the 17th century off the coast of Norway, is Wagner's idea of a woman redeemer, Senta. She is a girl who is ready to save the soul of the cursed seaman with her selfless love. From here begins my career as a poet, and my farewell to the mere concoctor of opera-texts, wrote Wagner about the Flying Dutchman. "I don't know if ever in an artist's life has such a radical change happened in such a short time. The Flying Dutchman premiered in Zagreb in 1896 and became one of the more popular of Wagner's operas here. Four decades later the CNT Opera brought back this exciting work to the stage of our greatest national theatre
Innovative and impressive.
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The latest success of Wagner’s work in Zagreb calls for more by the Master of Bayreuth.
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Posebna su priča operni solisti koji su izazvali iznimne i iskrene ovacije.— Večernji list
Prava je rijetkost doživjeti tako uvjerljivu partnersku interakciju kakvu su predstavili bariton Baastian Everink i sopranistica Melanie Diener... Novi zagrebački uspješan Wagner zaziva još djela bajrojskog majstora.— Jutarnji list
Innovative and impressive.— Zagrebački list