An Introduction to Wagner by Thomson Smillie audiobook

An Introduction to Wagner: The Flying Dutchman

By Thomson Smillie
Read by David Timson

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1.12 Hours 1
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The Flying Dutchman is the perfect opera with which to approach the operatic mountain that is Richard Wagner. It is short, has a great story—the legend of the Dutch captain doomed to sail forever unless redeemed through love—and the striking score has many pre-echoes of Wagner’s later great music dramas. Its arias, ensembles, big choruses, and the orchestral writing—from the gale that blows out of the overture to the final theme of “Redemption through Love”—will “blow you away.” These wonderful tunes are enriched by a lively explanation of their context. From the opera’s dramatic opening, which reflects Wagner’s own nautical experiences as he fled from creditors and the law, we see how it contains many of the hallmarks of his later, greater works. And we find out why The Flying Dutchman was such a blazing triumph for this most controversial and romantic of composers.

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The Flying Dutchman is the perfect opera with which to approach the operatic mountain that is Richard Wagner. It is short, has a great story—the legend of the Dutch captain doomed to sail forever unless redeemed through love—and the striking score has many pre-echoes of Wagner’s later great music dramas. Its arias, ensembles, big choruses, and the orchestral writing—from the gale that blows out of the overture to the final theme of “Redemption through Love”—will “blow you away.” These wonderful tunes are enriched by a lively explanation of their context. From the opera’s dramatic opening, which reflects Wagner’s own nautical experiences as he fled from creditors and the law, we see how it contains many of the hallmarks of his later, greater works. And we find out why The Flying Dutchman was such a blazing triumph for this most controversial and romantic of composers.

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Author Bio: Thomson Smillie

Author Bio: Thomson Smillie

Thomson Smillie began his career in the early days of Scottish Opera and has been artistic director of the Wexford International Festival, general manager of the Opera Company of Boston, and general director of Kentucky Opera. He now makes a career as a writer, speech writer, and public speaker. He has a strong belief that people mature into a love of opera and travels the world encouraging a love of the art form. His other passions are travel, languages, and friendships.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 1.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English