Opera Up Close: The Flying Dutchman Preview

On Sunday, a hearty crowd filled the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Lecture Hall for Madison Opera’s Opera Up Close: The Flying Dutchman Preview: General Director Allan Naplan led a multimedia presentation on Richard Wagner’s life and works, followed by a musical exploration and discussion of the The Flying Dutchman with Maestro John DeMain, director Michael Scarola, baritone Bradley Garvin and soprano Turid Karlsen. We all learned the lingo of “gesamtkunstwerk” and Bayreuth, had a peek into Wagner’s tumultuous personal life, and heard about our guest artists’ varied experiences as Wagner interpreters. Of course, much more was covered during the 2 hours–including a recap of The Flying Dutchman’s pop culture reincarnations–so be sure to tune into to Madison City Channel when it airs this week and next.

Here’s the schedule for re-broadcasts (Charter Analog 98, Charter Digital 994, AT&T U-Verse 99):

  • Friday, April 2 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 4 at 10 p.m.
  • Friday, April 9 at 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m.

Or, visit to stream Opera Up Close online, anytime.

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