Opera on the Couch: The Flying Dutchman

Opera on the Couch

Opera on the Couch is an ongoing collaboration between SFCP and  the San Francisco Opera, in which analysts present psychoanalytically informed post-performance discussions of the opera with interested audience members.  Discussion with the audience follows the prepared presentations.  Opera on the Couch discussions begin as soon as possible following the opera performance, and take place at Books, Inc. in the Opera Plaza complex. The discussions are free of charge and open to the public, and anyone interested in psychoanalysis and/or opera is invited to attend and to participate in the discussion.

Steven Goldberg and Milton Schaefer, Co-Chairs

Opera's Name: The Flying Dutchman
(learn more at SF Opera website)
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Time: Discussions begin as soon as possible following the opera performance
Location: Opera Performance will be at:
War Memorial Opera House
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107
Discussions will be at:
Books, Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107
Discussants: Lee Rather, Ph.D. and L. Eileen Keller, Ph.D.
Moderator: Steven Goldberg, M.D.


The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman

Libretto by the composer


In Wagner's first masterpiece, a ship's captain is condemned to endlessly travel the seas under a curse that can only be broken by a woman's love. This mythic tale of bleak isolation and the promise of salvation will be told through inventive imagery, conveying a distinct sense of the supernatural. The "masterful" Patrick Summers (Houston Chronicle) conducts a cast of outstanding Wagnerians led by Greer Grimsley, who thrilled San Francisco Opera audiences as "a thunderous and dramatically compelling Jokanaan" in 2009's Salome (San Francisco Chronicle), and Petra Maria Schnitzer, who sings with "creamy tone, lyrical grace (a rarity in Wagner) and earthy top notes" (The New York Times). Petrika Ionesco, who brought "a handsome combination of grandeur and expressive intimacy" (San Francisco Chronicle) to Cyrano de Bergerac(2010), directs a production he also designed. Presented in celebration of the Wagner bicentennial year.


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