English National Opera - Der Fliegende Holländer Reviews
19 April 2021
Orla Boylan, James Creswell
Stuart Skelton
Clive Bayley
Orla Boylan, Chorus
James Creswell

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Der Fliegende Holländer

English National Opera

No. of reviews: 22

Brassy Falstaff and a bleak 'Dutchman'
23 May 12 / New York Times
It may be their first Wagner opera, but Edward Gardner and Jonathan Kent ensure a night of smooth sailing
12 May 12 / Telegraph
We join our recommendation of ENO's Dutchman to all the others
8 May 12 / Musical Pointers
An illuminating and revelatory Dutchman
7 May 12 / The Opera Critic
The superb chorus offered glorious redemption
6 May 12 / The Observer
The orchestra is electrifying, the singing bright and beautiful, but if you want the usual story, dream on
6 May 12 / Independent on Sunday
Gardner's interpretation is white hot from the start
4 May 12 / The Jewish Chronicle
More than a storm in a teacup
3 May 12 / Telegraph
Not in the same league as ENO's recent best
3 May 12 / Musical Criticism
All at sea saved only by some high-wire singing
2 May 12 / Financial Times (via Google)
Fascinating and stimulating
2 May 12 / Seen and Heard
Edward Gardner steered ENO's new production manfully through massive breakers as well as calmer waters
1 May 12 / Telegraph
A new focus in the English National Opera's tremendous reworking of Wagner's classic opera
1 May 12 / Evening Standard
American bass James Creswell presents a darkly Byronic Dutchman
1 May 12 / The Stage
A misguided production redeemed by fine orchestral playing and singing
1 May 12 / Music OMH
There has probably never been a better time to experience Wagner
30 Apr 12 / Londonist
The real heroics came from ENO’s Chorus and Orchestra
30 Apr 12 / Independent
An obsessive and redemptive new Dutchman from Jonathan Kent
30 Apr 12 / The Arts Desk
This is emotive, hard-hitting stuff that is guaranteed to set your nerves jangling
30 Apr 12 / The Guardian
Stuart Skelton’s Erik steals the show vocally
30 Apr 12 / What's on Stage
An exhilarating evening of first class Wagner
30 Apr 12 / Opera Britannia
The musical performance is very satisfying
30 Apr 12 / Classical Source
Stuart Skelton: One man, two tenors
The Australian heldentenor tells Anna Picard about cigars, being an 'aryan hunk', and the secret of singing in two places at once.
ENO's new Flying Dutchman: 'It will be a white-knuckle ride'
Director Jonathan Kent and conductor Edward Gardner talk about their first tussle with Wagner in ENO's new production of The Flying Dutchman.
Production details
Bayley, Boylan, Skelton, Tudor-Thomas, Murray, Creswell
(c) Gardner (d) Kent
Performance dates
28 April, 1, 5, 12, 16, 18, 23 May 2012
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