Der Fliegende Holländer


Wagner Der Fliegende Holländer opera to a libretto by the composer. Directed 2016 by Àlex Ollé at the Teatro Real de Madrid. Stars Kwangchul Youn (Daland), Ingela Brimberg (Senta), Nikolai Schukoff (Erik), Kai Rüütel (Mary), Benjamin Bruns (Der Steuermann), and Samuel Youn (Der Holländer). Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Real de Madrid (Chorus Master Andrés Máspero). Sets by Alfons Flores; costumes by Josep Abril; lighting by Urs Schönebaum; videos by Franc Aleu. Directed for TV by Stéphane Vérité; produced by Jean-Romain Sales. Released 2017, disc has 5.1 dts sound. Grade: NA

David J. Baker, writing in the Opera News for June, 2018 (pages 60-61) gives this his "Critic's Choice" award in the video category.  He praises all the singers. And he especially applauds conductor Heras-Casado for approaching the music as a story-teller in a production that is "fanciful but psychologically grounded" as well the chorus and orchestra that "perform like practiced Wagnerians."

Here is an official clip from the Teatro Real (in Spanish):