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Der fliegende Holländer

Opera by Richard Wagner

In German language with German surtitles

A ghost ship, blood-red sails, black mast, an undead crew, a cursed captain - Wagner's opera offers ample opportunity for gothic romance and grand images. But none of that in director Aron Stiehl's interpretation, which premiered at the Volksoper in 2019 and can now be experienced again. Instead of illustrating the surface, he makes the soul worlds of the opera characters visible. The narrow stage spaces open up with strong colours and images of the sea, showing the longings and fears of the protagonists, but always retaining a residue of mystery.

In the title role you will experience Josef Wagner. Born in Lower Austria, the Austrian singer began his international career in 2002 as an ensemble member of the Volksoper, his first appearance at the house was in La traviata on the eve of his diploma exam. Since then he has celebrated successes at the major international opera houses, for example alongside Nina Stemme in Salome in 2013. From the Aix-en-Provence Festival to the Teatro Real Madrid and the Zurich Opera, he has been acclaimed everywhere, most recently at the Volksoper as the title character in Mozart's Don Giovanni and Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann.

Performances in April and May 2023