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Posted April 30, 2012
Merolini/Adler Stuart Skelton steals the show!
April 30, 2012
Sung in English, the ENO (English National Opera) opened a new production of Flying Dutchman Saturday April 28.
As per the Intermezzo Blog, director Jonathan Kent rolled out every theatrical cliche possible including the Dutchman raping Senta and Senta’s bloody suicide. Wagner’s libretto received a “flexible” translation into English by David Pountney to mesh with the stage business. As to musical values, Intermezzo reports the Stuart Skelton sing the socks off the role of Erik (Skelton-Merola 1995, Adler 1996, 1997). This bodes well for Seattle Ring 2013 where Skelton will sing the role of Siegmund. The report notest that the remainder of the ENO cast was not up to Mr. Skelton’s level.
You can read Intermezzo’s always excellent report and view photos here:
London Evening Standard review:
Clip art courtesy of Office On-Line