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Waiting for Wagner
February 23, 2012   
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A new production of Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman at Warsaw’s Wielki Theater/National Opera, scheduled to premiere March 16, promises to be a highlight of the opera season in Poland.

The production is directed by renowned Polish director Mariusz Treliński, who has enjoyed a successful string of spectacular productions of Italian, Russian and Polish operas for over a decade. This time, he has turned to German music, and The Flying Dutchman is the first time he has worked on an opera by Wagner. The Warsaw staging, a co-production with the Royal Danish Opera, will feature an international cast and a set design by Boris Kudlicka.

“It has been years since Wagner was last shown on stage and so we decided to start revisiting the composer’s works from his first mature opera,” Treliński has told the Rzeczpospolita newspaper. “I hope the end result is an intriguing and modern show allowing me to reconnect with my earlier music fascinations. It was Wagner that led me to opera.”

The Flying Dutchman is one of the most frequently produced operas by Wagner. The composer wrote the libretto himself, inspired by Heinrich Heine’s short story about a cursed sailor doomed to wander the world until he found a woman willing to be faithful to him until death. Impressed by the legend, Wagner is said to have come up with the musical and artistic concept for the opera when in 1839 he survived a raging storm on the North Sea while traveling to London.
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The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner
Wielki Theater/National Opera in Warsaw
1 Teatralny Sq.
tel. +48 22 826-50-19, www.teatrwielki.pl
Premiere: March 16
Further shows March 18 at 6 p.m.
and March 20 at 7 p.m.
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