Baltimore Concert Opera will present The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner on March 1st and 3rd. Based on Heinrich Heine’s retelling of the legend, a sea captain in a ghostly vessel is cursed to sail forever for blasphemy and can only be redeemed by the love of a faithful woman. Every seven years, the Dutchman is cast ashore in search of a wife who will release him from his curse. The sea captain Daland, enticed by promises of gold, offers the hand of his daughter Senta. Senta falls in love with the mysterious stranger, but their hopes are dashed when his identity is revealed. Senta’s faithfulness, despite his true identity, is ultimately the Dutchman’s salvation, but through her death rather than her love.
The cast of The Flying Dutchman is led by baritone Todd Thomas in the title role, whose appearance is underwritten by BCO’s Artistic Vision Fund. Soprano Alexandra LoBianco returns to the BCO stage as the ever-faithful Senta. The formidable role of Senta’s father, Daland, is sung by baritone Justin Hopkins, while the role of her broken-hearted lover, Erik, will be sung by tenor Dane Suarez. Tenor Orin Strunk and mezzo-soprano Kate Farrar join the cast as the Steersman and Mary. The cast is rounded out by BCO’s professional chorus and the Maryland State Boychoir as the Ghost Chorus. Maestro James Harp will both conduct and accompany on piano, with the assistance of Ryan Tani.
“I am thrilled that we are bringing Wagner to BCO’s stage,” says Executive Director Julia Cooke. “What an exciting piece to share with our audiences!”
Founded in 2009, BCO presents concerts of complete operatic masterpieces with singers and piano in the intimate setting of a gilded 19th-century historic ballroom. This BCO experience allows the audience to focus on the artistry of the music and the beauty of the human voice. All performances are through the auspices of the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion Endowment Fund and its Artists in Residence program which is part of its community outreach mission.
The Flying Dutchman will be sung in German with projected English supertitles. BCO will present two performances: Friday, March 1st, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 3rd, at 3:00 pm, in the Grand Ballroom of the Engineers Club—11 West Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore, Maryland. Tickets are available online.