Scottish Opera’s production, directed by Harry Fehr, deals away with a lot of the mythology in a traditional reading of Wagner, instead setting the action on a remote Scottish oil-rig community in the 1970s.
Senta is obsessed by the painting of the Dutchman that hangs on the wall of the town hall. As a counterpoint to the 70s realism elsewhere, we create a backdrop of shifting, moving oil paintings to portray the storm and the huge tanker vessel that appears through it.
It’s Fehr’s expert evocation of a strange, haunted other world, brilliantly conjured in Tom Scutt’s grimy staging and Ian William Galloway’s vivid video projections, that is memorable
[The Dutchman] appears from a destroyer wreathed in blood-rinsed mist, one of the many beautiful images from video designer Ian William Galloway