To open its 2012 Opera Festival, Beijing’s huge National Center for Performing Arts decided to produce The Flying Dutchman, its first Wagner opera, in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth (in 2013). The opera’s director, Giancarlo del Monaco (son of world-famous tenor, Mario), called in an all-Italian team for the opera’s set, lighting, and projection design: respectively William Orlandi, Vinicio Cheli, and Sergio Metalli. Metalli, responsible for recreating the ...

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