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BLO’s ‘Dutchman’ brings Wagner back to Boston

The spectral sea captain at the center of Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” is a cursed figure, condemned to wander the oceans in a kind of deathless purgatory, allowed to come ashore just once every seven years.

Wagnerians in Boston may know the feeling. It has in fact been much longer than seven years since the city was last given a staged production of a Wagner opera. Due to the still rather remarkable absence of an opera house in Boston — or at least an opera house in which opera is actually performed — there have been no local Wagner productions for over two decades. The works still turn up in concert halls from time to time, but their large-scale musical and scenic demands have all but erased them from the local opera landscape.

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