Condemned to sail the seven seas until the end of the world, only true love can break the spell that torments the Flying Dutchman. Director Kasper Holten reinterprets the Wagnerian opera as a tale about artistic ambition – and therefore about Richard Wagner himself.
Only every seven years is the Flying Dutchman allowed to go ashore. Otherwise, he is cursed to sail the seas and oceans – until the end of all days. Only 'fidelity until death' can ultimately release him. Will young Senta be the one to break the spell?
According to common belief, the idea for THE FLYING DUTCHMAN came to Richard Wagner during a ship voyage on the Baltic Sea, fleeing from his creditors in Riga. The crossing inspired the young composer, who knew the legend of the Dutchman from tales by Heinrich Heine and Wilhelm Hauff.
In his new production at Finnish National Opera, director Kasper Holten interprets THE FLYING DUTCHMAN without four-masters, hawsers and nautical romanticism. The errant sailor becomes an artist, trapped in the world of international jet set. A man, driven by his inspiration and forced to live without ever finding a place called home. Holten draws attention to Senta as well. Who is this girl that is willing to sacrifice herself through devotion? And is it really selflessness that drives her?