Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Milwaukee Symphony, Der Fliegende Hollander

On Sunday, January 13th, we went to the Marcus Center to hear the Milwaukee Symphony’s concert presentation of Richard Wagner’s opera, Der Fliegende Hollander, as conducted by Maestro Edo de Waart. We enjoyed this performance very much.

Unlike prior opera performances, this one was not “semi-staged,” although the principal singers did use movement, gesture, and interaction in presenting their roles, and there were constantly shifting atmospheric projected images on two sail-like screens suspended over the orchestra.

The singing was very fine. Ryan McKinney in the role of The Dutchman, Melody Moore as Senta, Peter Rose as Daland, and A. J. Glueckert as Erik were all excellent, as were supporting principals, and the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus.

Maestro de Waart on the podium was not flashy, but conducted the music and singing flawlessly. For me, just hearing the wonderful overture, which begins with the dramatic “Dutchman” theme, and ends on the same note of poignant longing that ends the opera, was worth the price of admission alone, and the rest of the performance was equally good.

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