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Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander

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  • Actors: Robert Lloyd, Catherine Naglestad, Marco Jentzsch, Marina Prudenskaja, Oliver Ringelhahn
  • Directors: Martin Kusej
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Q2TWS4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Austrian director Martin Kusej's pioneering vision brings a challenging and provoking insight to Wagner's opera of love and redemption, with his singular ability to connect characters and their actions to the score. Martin
Zehetsgruber's spacious, multi-layered sets define the settings through which
Dalland (Robert Lloyd), Senta (Catherine Naglestad), The Dutchman (Juha Uusitalo) and the chorus move to great effect fulfilling the fine conducting of Hartmut Haenchen, who elicits from the orchestra an unmatchable
performance of detail and clarity.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 29, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
If you like your Wagner staged in the traditional manner, then this production won't be for you. If however you think that the themes in Wagner's work - fatalistic romantic destinies, love, duty, power, suffering, the conflict between tradition and modernity - have a timeless quality and can resonate with its subject no matter what the setting, then you might be inclined to at least understand why a producer might want to relate those themes in a way that is relevant to a modern audience. The question with the De Nederlandse Opera production of Der Fliegende Holländer however is whether they take it too far and perhaps take too many liberties with the opera.

Director Martin Kusej takes advantage of the somewhat schizophrenic split in the opera itself between tradition and modernity in order to present it meaningfully to a modern-day Dutch audience. There are no longer sailing ships sailing the seven seas for years at a time - ship navigation, seafaring and commerce are all very different now, so if you think about it in modern terms, it shouldn't really be surprising to see shipping in terms of cruises and ferries, the Dutchman here arriving on a Norwegian ferry, his crew asylum seekers, looking for a homeland, a place to settle after a lifetime of being tossed around as refugees on the seas of conflict and revolution. It shouldn't be difficult either to consider the arrival of these figures being perceived as a threat to those who enjoy a comfortable western bourgeois lifestyle.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dennis A. Brown on June 8, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
As a Wagner fanatic, I have always loved The Flying Dutchman. The music-drama's timeless themes of human kinds search for unrequinted love and redemption in an imperfect world ( themes that later reached their fulfillment in Tristan Und Isolde) have always had special meaning for me. These themes, of course, are most perfectly expressed in the works' music. Wagner got the inspiration for the music during a stormy voyage to London in his early 20's. Now listen to the overture and it makes perfect sense.
As for my review of this production, I absolutely love it. I watched it the other night with complete delight. Catherine Naglestad and Juha Uusitalo are wonderful as Senta and the Dutchman. My most pleasant suprise, however, was Robert Lloyd as Daland. Yes Robert Lloyd! It was awesome to see that after all these years he is still going strong. I have the Lohengrin dvd where he performed along with Placido Domingo and that was well over 20 years ago. One of the key moments in the Flying Dutchman is Dalands' aria in act two where he introduces the Dutchman to his daughter Senta. Robert lloyd pulls it off perfectly and I was cheering! The madiens chorus in act two is awesome and you will love the apparel. Check out Mary!
This is a "modern" production and I understand some may not like it. For me, however, what is most important is the sincerity of the production, how the music is performed, and the singers. All these aspects are great. The Blu Ray makes it even better. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edmund Zebrowski VINE VOICE on May 29, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I'm just getting into opera, Wagner in particular thanks to the Met's new Ring Cycle, so my opinion may not be as sage as others but as a newbie I loved this production. I also happen to find that I like more contemporary stagings so it was perfect. Robert Lloyd was very commanding as the otherworldly seaman and his booming voice filled the role with depth. Catherine Naglestad was the standout for me. Her performance as Senta brought tears to my eyes in the end. It did help that I knew the basic plot for the first two acts and let the finally be a surprise but the updated staging held well my attention and I'll defiantly be watching it again.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Banana on September 8, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a really aggravating production of Der Fliegende Holländer. I am open to wild or postmodern productions (I liked the Copenhagen Ring), but I hate when the production almost seems to make fun of the work like it is one big joke. The opening scene has everyone on a cruise ship. It is like a spoof of the actual story.

Senta is spinning a spinning wheel while the other women are getting glamorous for their men. Why would Senta have a spinning wheel on a cruise ship or in a spa? Makes no sense. This is the problem with Regietheater. One aspect works while something else is totally out of place in the concept. I don't need a traditional production, but if I am going to buy into the crazy concept, I need to be able to buy into it. Of course, if the director was aiming for a Brechtian distancing effect (Verfremdungseffekt), then maybe he achieved his goal. I don't know.

I think the singers do a creditable job for the most part, but most opera lovers are going to want to turn off the picture and just listen. I was hoping this would be a great addition to my Wagner dvd collection, but I regretted buying it. The singers are decent but not outstanding, so overall, this is an aggravating production that seems to make a joke out of the opera.
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