The Flying Dutchman

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After the curtain came down at the Met on the season premiere of Wagner’s stirring sea story, “The Flying Dutchman,” the entire orchestra pelted conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin with dozens of roses. Boy, did he deserve it – after two and a half energetic hours (without an intermission) bringing forth lyrical melodies as well as stormy seas. It was an evening to remember, including wonderful performances by Franz-Josef Selig as the sea captain, Amber Wagner as his daughter Senta, and Michael Volle as the haunted Dutchman. Not to forget the Met choruses of seamen and seamstresses. It was a relief to see the looming prow of this August Everding production still in place. Still four more performances to catch, starting with the April 29 matinee.

Ken Roman

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