The Flying Dutchman

July 5 & 7 | 7:30 p.m.
Music Hall

Music and libretto by Richard Wagner

Sung in German with projected translation
Performance length: 3 hours
Rated PG

Love is a tempestuous voyage

Once every seven years, the Dutchman comes ashore. Doomed to sail the seas on a ghost ship for eternity, he searches for the only key to his release—true love. Senta, a sailor’s daughter, is fascinated with his legend. When intrigue turns to obsession, she’s willing to risk everything to be the one who frees him from never-ending torment. 

For the first time in over 20 years, Wagner’s thrilling take on an eerie nautical legend returns to the Music Hall stage. The old folktale gets a new twist with stunning visual projections that “vividly bring to life a contemporary vision of Wagner’s mythical story” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Last seen at Cincinnati Opera as the title character in Turandot, soprano Marcy Stonikas leads the cast as Senta with a voice of “power, grace, and effortless fluidity” (Washington Times). Canadian bass-baritone Nathan Berg, “a brilliant actor” with a “palpable stage presence” (Financial Times), sings the title role in his Cincinnati debut.


Cast & Creative Team

Senta  Marcy Stonikas
The Dutchman  Nathan Berg
Erik  Jay Hunter Morris
Daland  Arthur Woodley
Steersman  Frederick Ballentine, Jr.
Mary  Elizabeth Bishop

Conductor  Christof Perick
Original Production & Staging  Tomer Zvulun
Stage Director  Brenna Corner
Scenic & Costume Designer  Jacob A. Climer
Projection Designer  S. Katy Tucker
Lighting Designer  Thomas C. Hase
Wig & Make-up Designer  James Geier
Chorus Master  Henri Venanzi

Production jointly owned by Cincinnati Opera, The Atlanta Opera, and Houston Grand Opera