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Fine performance in a dramatic setting,
This review is from: Der Fliegende Hollander [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The Savonlinna Opera festival productions are staged outdoors in the courtyard of the grim Olavinlinna Fortress in Finland shown in the film. We are apparently watching a live performance and it is a pity the director decided not to show the audience and the auditorium which must be quite dramatic and seats an audience of 2257. However we can be grateful for watching the DVD in the comfort of our homes as the nights in Finland are very cold and the audience is advised to bring thick coats and possibly blankets to keep warm!
This is a very fine production on traditional lines, with the stone inner walls of the fortress providing an unusual backdrop, and permitting flexible use of an unusually wide stage, simple props are used to good effect, with a brilliant realisation of the Dutchman’s ghostly vessel.
The cast of Hildegard Behrens (Senta) Franz Grundheber (Dutchman) Matti Salminen (Daland) and Raimo Sirkia (Erik) is a very strong one and they deliver a superb measured performance under the baton of Leif Segerstam. Grundheber provides the outstanding performance bringing out all the pathos and suffering of the Dutchman’s terrible fate of sailing the seas endlessly with just one day every seven years to find a wife and redemption.
Lighting and photographic quality are very good, and the outdoors performance gives the sound a very clear natural quality, particularly for the voices, although the orchestral texture is a little bass light.