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
Cast
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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