THE GHOST SHIP / Programme / Bastille / October 2021

It was on board the "Thetis" in 1839 that the young Wagner heard the sailors tell the story of the "Cursed of the Seas". Stubbornly trying to pass a dangerous course in a storm, the Dutchman defied the heavens and received the punishment of eternal wandering, unless a woman agreed to die with him. Senta tells this legend as soon as she enters the stage, and when the Dutchman suddenly stands before her, the romantic young girl does not hesitate to accept the hand he holds out to her, leading him to the ultimate sacrifice. Wagner's first masterpiece, The Flying Dutchman brings together the themes dear to the composer: wandering, redemption through death and the unleashing of feelings, masterfully translated by the orchestra. In his staging, Willy Decker strives to represent the storm that is unleashed in the music as much as in the hearts of its characters.
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