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We are again fortunate to have Daniel Freeman, musicologist and lecturer at the University of Minnesota, to share insights into one of Wagner's great German Romantic operas, Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman). For this session, Daniel will curate an exciting exploration of how this, Wagner's first "standard repertory" opera, originated in the historical and musical context of Germany in the 1830s-1840s, and how it foreshadows future developments in Wagner's art, especially Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). To help Daniel illustrate various points in his presentation, a Wagnerian soprano, a heldentenor, and a piano accompanist will perform musical examples from Wagner's predecessors (e.g., lieder by Schubert and Schumann), Dutchman and Wagner's later operas. This event will feature substantial live musical performances by a terrific Wagnerian cast!
Lunch and non-alcoholic beverages will be included in the price of registration.
NOTE: The materials covered in this session (Dutchman I) and in our March 14 HD preview (Dutchman II) are different. This session focuses on the origins and legacy of The Flying Dutchman, while the March 14 session is exclusively focused on providing us with a preview of the opera just prior to the Met in HD broadcast. You can choose to attend either or both sessions independently of each other.
Daniel Freeman, musicologist
Megan Wagner-Floan, soprano
Obed Floan, tenor
Mary Box, piano
NOTE: Ms. Wagner-Floan and Mr. Floan have performed for RWSUM previously, and were very well-received. Mary Box is an acclaimed pianist on staff for the Minnesota Opera.
Click here for Mr. Freeman's biography
Please join us for an entertaining and informative preview of "The Flying Dutchman" prior to attending the Met's new production at the Showplace Icon in St. Louis Park! Using musical excerpts and fascinating historical anecdotes, Daniel Freeman will help us all understand this first "standard repertory" opera of Wagner's, including its historical context in the tradition of German Romanticism, Wagner's development as an artist, his revolutionary activities such as the Dresden uprising (for which he was exiled), and aspects of his personal & political life during the time of composition and the work's 1843 premiere in Dresden.
Coffee and gourmet pastries will be served.
Please note that tickets must be purchased separately, and are available here.
Click here for more information on this exciting new production!
We'll be hosting a fun and informal Wagner Society Social Hour after the "Met in HD" performance of this NEW production in the Showplace Icon Lounge. There is no cost for admission, but any food and beverage costs are on your own. ALL ARE WELCOME!
There is no structure to this event; think of it as an informal happy hour, a chance to meet and chat with other opera enthusiasts (RWSUM members and friends) about the production, or anything else that seems relevant to you!
We ask that you register using the Register button on this page, so that we can reserve the appropriately-sized space in the lounge. (The Showplace Icon has been a great supporter of RWSUM in the past.) And by all means, invite your friends and family to join us as well!
Please note that tickets to The Flying Dutchman are available here.
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