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Tampere Opera will produce Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman in 2021.
Wagner’s work is a debut opera production for the experienced theatre director Marika Vapaavuori. The music is played by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, led by German conductor Anja Bihlmaier. Set designer Marjatta Kuivasto, costume designer Leena Rintala and lighting designer Ville Syrjä will create the visual experience of the performance.
The leading role of the opera is interpreted by canadian bass-baritone Nathan Berg is an experienced interpreter of Wagner’s music. He will replace baritone Tommi Hakala, who was originally cast for the lead role. Berg last sang the role of the Dutchman in the Cincinnati Opera in 2018. His debut in the lead role in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in 2013 gained lots of praise worldwide, and his other Wagner interpretations, including the role of Alberich in Rheingold (with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera), have sparked a great deal of positive attention as well.
The role of Daland is sung by bass singer Mika Kares, who is frequently on tour in different parts of the world. Mr. Kares’ latest top castings include the roles of Gurnemanz in Richard Wagner’s Parsifal, produced by the Canadian Opera Company (2020), Giovanni da Procida in the opera I Vespri Siciliani by Giuseppe Verdi at the Salzburg Festival (2020), and Ivan Khovansky in Modest Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina at The Berlin State Opera (2020). Putting her heart and soul into the role of Senta, soprano Martina Welschenbach, will make her first guest performance in Finland. Her interpretation of Senta was seen also in the Deutsche Oper Berlin in spring 2020. In the Bonn Opera, she is cast for the role of Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio.
The role of Erik is shared by tenor singers Tuomas Katajala and Jussi Myllys. In spring 2020, Katajala sung the role of Don Ottavio in W.A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, as well as the head role in Mozart’s Idomeneo in the Israeli Opera. Myllys, for his part, has previously sung the role of Lensky in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. The role of Steuermann will be interpreted by Dan Karlström, and Tiina Penttinen will give her voice to Mary.
The Tampere Opera Choir is trained by Choir Conductor Heikki Liimola.
“Wagner allures new and old audiences alike”
In her versatile career, director Marika Vapaavuori has had the opportunity to direct some of the great classics of theatre literature, as well as entertaining works of musical theatre. She loves great drama and strong stories, so she has always found Wagner’s powerful music particularly alluring.
Marika Vapaavuori is fond of the ambiguous nature of the story of The Flying Dutchman, a seafarer who is condemned to roam the world, and of love that is powerful enough in its fidelity to break the curse.
– The attraction of the work lies in the fact that one can always find new tones and subtleties in the story, whether one is a first-timer or an experienced opera enthusiast. The work is like the sea itself – constantly moving, alluring, in one moment carefree, and suddenly tempestuous and intimidating. But always breathtakingly beautiful and powerful.
Nathan Berg (The Dutchman)
Mika Kares (Daland)
Tuomas Katajala (Erik, Jan 29, Jan 31, Feb 3, Feb 6)
Jussi Myllys (Erik, Feb 10 and 13)
Martina Welschenbach (Senta)
Dan Karlström (Steuermann)
Tiina Penttinen (Mary)
The Flying Dutchman
Conductor Anja Bihlmaier
Director Marika Vapaavuori
Set design Marjatta Kuivasto
Costumes Leena Rintala
Lighting Ville Syrjä
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Tampere Opera Choir, Choir Conductor Heikki Liimola
Fri 29 January 2021 at 6.30 pm, premiere
Sun 31 January 2021 at 3 pm
Wed 3 February 2021 at 6.30 pm
Sat 6 February 2021 at 3 pm
Wed 10 February 2021 at 6.30 pm
Sat 13 February 2021 at 3 pm
The language of the opera is German. Subtitles in Finnish and English.
Tickets for the opera are available in the ticket sales service Lippu.fi. There are altogether 6 performances.
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The duration will be announced later.
The performance includes an intermission.
Changes to the cast and schedule are still possible.
Production: Tampere Hall
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