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‘The Flying Dutchman’ performed in Barcelona’s Liceu to celebrate the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth

The world’s main festival celebrating Richard Wagner, Bayreuth Festival (Bayreuther Festspiele), has arrived in the Catalan capital for five days. Barcelona’s Liceu Opera Theatre will show ‘Lohengrin’, ‘Tristan and Isolde’, and ‘The Flying Dutchman’.


03 September 2012 11:31 PM


ACN / David Tuxworth

Barcelona (ACN).- Wagner\u2019s opera 'Der fliegende Holländer' or \u2018The Flying Dutchman\u2019 has come to Barcelona this September and will serve as an advance bicentennial celebration of the composer\u2019s birth. The Bayreuth Festival (Bayreuther Festspiele) is showing three of its main highlights for five days in Barcelona. The story of the ghost ship and the redemption of love in Wagner\u2019s 1843 opera started the program which will include showings of \u2018Lohengrin\u2019 and \u2018Tristan and Isolde\u2019, ending on September 6th. 200 people are involved in the performances at Barcelona\u2019s Gran Teatre del Liceu.

200 people have come to Barcelona, including orchestral musicians, choir singers, soloists and directors from the famous Bayreuth Festival to perform three major works by Richard Wagner. Having started last Saturday, the performances are running at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, with \u2018The Flying Dutchman\u2019 on September 1st and 4th, \u2018Lohengrin\u2019 on September 2nd and 5th and finishing with \u2018Tristan and Isolde\u2019 on September 6th.

This is the second time that the festival, founded and designed by Wagner himself, has come to Barcelona. The first time was in 1955. Last Saturday, the Wagner festival started with \u2018Der fliegende Holländer\u2019 or \u2018The Flying Dutchman\u2019, telling the story and legend of the eternal ghost ship. The opera that Wagner wrote and later released in 1843 is the story of redemption

\u2018The Flying Dutchman\u2019 is essentially the story of a Dutch sailor condemned to sail endlessly on the ghost ship for having defied god, a punishment that won\u2019t end until a woman\u2019s love redeems him. The opera is from the perspective of Senta, who will eventually be the Dutchman\u2019s salvation.

Sebastian Weigle directs \u2018The Flying Dutchman\u2019 and \u2018Lohengrin\u2019, while Peter Schneider is responsible for \u2018Tristan and Isolde\u2019. The ticket prices range from \u20AC28 for the cheapest seats to \u20AC280 for the best seats.


  • The Bayreuth Festival choir and orchestre interpreting 'The Flying Dutchman' by Wagner at Barcelona's Liceu (by N. Julià)

  • The Bayreuth Festival choir and orchestre interpreting 'The Flying Dutchman' by Wagner at Barcelona's Liceu (by N. Julià)