M1500 .W13 F55 2005 DVD
Opera in 3 acts. Music by Richard Wagner.
One of the most acclaimed Wagner productions of the postwar period, this electrifying, revolutionary Bayreuth staging of The Flying Dutchman catapulted the German director Harry Kupfer to international fame. Kupfer's psychologically acute production presents the entire story as a hallucination, in which Senta's yearning for the eternally wandering Dutchman sends her into a trance-like state. Senta is sung by Danish soprano Lisbeth Balslev, the American bass-baritone Simon Estes portrays the Dutchman, while the Finnish bass Matti Salminen is Daland.
Cast: Matti Salminen (Daland) ; Lisbeth Balslev (Senta) ; Robert Schunk (Erik) ;Anny Schlemm (Mary) ; Graham Clark (Steuermann Dalands) ; Simon Estes (Der Holländer) ; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus ; Woldemar Nelsson, conductor.
Filmed in performance June 1985.
Sung in German; subtitles in German, English, French, Spanish and Chinese.
Distributed by Universal Classics (www.universalclassics.com).