Review: HGO’s eerie ‘Flying Dutchman’ as rousing as roiling seawaters #Flying_DutchmanJanuary 13, 2019
Not until the very end of “The Flying Dutchman” do the true implications of those portentous words, the very core of Richard Wagner’s 1843 opera, become clear.
But long before then, Houston Grand Opera’s production tosses around concepts like damnation, fidelity and sacrifice as if they were 30-foot waves in storm-tossed waters.
Rough seas indeed.
And as luck would have it, it makes for a splendid ghost story just in time for Halloween.
With “Dutchman,” Wagner — then just 30 years old — created his sole opera fully in the grip of Romanticism, the artistic movement that prized emotion, imagination and nature above all else.
His subsequent efforts would transcend even those fanciful conventions, but here a well-known seafaring legend about a spectral ship doomed to wander the waves until its pale captain is redeemed by true love fit his purposes perfectly.
‘The Flying Dutchman’ When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Nov. 2
Where: Wortham Center, 501 Texas
Details: $35-$270; 713-228-6737, houstongrandopera.org
Wagner reportedly planned to set “Dutchman” in Scotland, the setting of Heinrich Heine’s 1833 novelization of the legend, until a fateful voyage from Latvia to London was forced to seek an emergency port in Norway.