ROMANTIC OPERA IN 3 ACTS; SELF PRODUCED
FreudeNOW Festival will present Richard Wagner’s opera The Flying Dutchman in 2020, making it the only open-air festival in the world to host a Wagner work. The play, premiered in Dresden in 1843 (shortly after the opening of the Freudenau Trotter), draws inspiration from a dramatic cruise of Wagner’s own, so that the story of its origins is woven into legends. No one knows exactly where to draw the line between the original story already surrounded by legends and the fantastic stories of lonely sailors floating on the ocean. As a punishment for his own hubris, The Flying Dutchman is plagued by the fact that his ship travels the seas forever and ever. Every seven years he is allowed to set foot on land, and only a woman’s faithful love can deliver him from the curse. He thinks he has found this woman, Senta, but she throws herself into the sea instead of her planned marriage. This tragedy brings the desired redemption at last, and the The Flying Dutchman is immersed into the ocean.
To showcase the opera, FreudeNow Festival now features a completely new digital stage where Richard Wagner’s famous work dives into an imaginative world never before seen. Perfect fantasy, but also perfect art, is a must see for anyone who wants to recognize a new face of the work in the unique grove.
Wolfgang Bankl – Daland, a norwegian sailor
Choir of the FreudeNOW Festival (Members of the Choirs of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Volksoper)