This summer, Elza van den Heever graces the stage of Santa Fe Opera once again, taking on the role of Senta in Wagner’s masterpiece, The Flying Dutchman. Following her highly acclaimed role debut at the Metropolitan Opera this spring, Operawire stated:
“As Senta, Elza van den Heever delivered everything one would want from a Wagnerian singer. Clear top notes; vocal mass and volume to ride the orchestral tidal waves; rich legato that gives this music its life; towering stage presence.”
Adding an intriguing twist to the haunting folktale, the renowned director David Alden presents a fresh production that explores the modern relevance of the opera. Alden’s visionary approach highlights the pervasive influence of industrial capitalism and its profound consequences on the seas. Through this contemporary lens, audiences will embark on a captivating journey that delves into the captivating tale of the ghostly Dutchman and the transformative power of societal forces.
The stellar cast also includes Nicholas Brownlee as the Dutchman, Chad Shelton as Erik, Morris Robinson as Daland, Gretchen Krupp as Mary, and Bille Bruley as the Steersman. Thomas Guggeis will conduct the run through to August 15, while Alden Gatt is set to lead the final performance.
Performances are scheduled for July 1, 7, 12, 31, August 5, 10, 15, and 25.
Photo: Jiyang Chen