Der Fliegende Holländer
Led by Jackie Roberts
Following Michael Fuller’s talk on ‘Redemption in Wagner’ it seems appropriate to devote the March meeting to viewing and talking about the 2012 Bayreuth production directed by Jan Philipp Gloger. He tackles the question of how to stage Senta’s Redemption of the Dutchman in 21st century terms. ” Gloger translates the tale of the Dutchman, whose travails can only be redeemed through the unconditional love of a woman to a future time, where part human / part cyborgs grind out an existence in a world completely subservient to business and commerce. [In the] final tableau … the Dutchman and Senta’s heavenly union is ‘commemorated’ by the factory workers now producing souvenir statuettes of the couple’.