In her pre-opera talk on October 28, 2013,Â DesirÉe MaysÂ referred toÂ The Flying DutchmanÂ asÂ Wagner-Lite. Since I regard “Lite Beer” as an abomination, I don’t entirely like her term — I’d rather call itÂ Wagner-Accessible orÂ Wagner-User-Friendly. The music is still powerful, but I walk away with a couple of actual melodies running through my head; whereas I walk away from a performance ofÂ The RingÂ thoroughly awed by the cumulative effect and a head full of motifs fighting for my attention.Â Continue reading
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