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January 25, 2022

Flying Dutchman featured in special Opera event

The Bucharest National Opera (ONB) is preparing a series of special events for November. The first such event will be “The Flying Dutchman” – “Der fliegende Holländer”, scheduled for Friday, November 5. The famous opera by Richard Wagner tells the tale of the mysterious Flying Dutchman, a ghostly apparition, followed by a curse, a man who can only be saved by the true love of a woman ready to sacrifice herself for him. Every seven years the Dutchman comes back ashore and, unless he finds his soul mate, is thrown back into the watery abyss. The wonderful story will be brought back to life by the ONB artists: Stefan Ignat, Madeleine Pascu, Sidonia Nica and Liviu Indricau and special guests: Marcel Rosca and Cristian Mogosan.

The bass Marcel Rosca is a soloist at the Aalto Oper in Essen (Germany), where he has taken on important parts, such as: Filippo in “Don Carlo”, Walter in “Luisa Miller”, Zaccaria in “Nabucco” (Giuseppe Verdi), Boris Godunov in the opera of the same title (Modest Mussorgsky), Gremin in “Eugene Onegin” (Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky), Sarastro in “Die Zauberflöte” (The Magic Flute – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), as well as parts in most of Richard Wagner’s operas. He has been the guest of the grand opera houses in Germany – in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Mannheim, Dresden -, as well as outside Germany, in Paris, Zurich, Basel, Turin, Vienna, Barcelona, Valencia, Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo, Zagreb, Brussels, Amsterdam.
The tenor Cristian Mogos graduated from the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca and attended master classes with the likes of Wolfgang Brendel, Mariana Nicolesco, Laurent Pillo, Margreet Hoing, John Norris, Ion Buzea and Viorica Cortez. At present he is employed by the Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca and an associate professor at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy. He has been a guest of several philharmonics and opera houses throughout the country.

The soloists, the choir – conducted by maestro Stelian Olariu – and the ONB orchestra will perform under the baton of conductor Cristian Mandeal. The stage direction and lighting are signed by Beatrice Rancea, sets were conceived by Helmut Sturmer and costumes were designed by Irina Schrotter.

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