The Flying Dutchman
July 5 & 7, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Music and libretto by Richard Wagner
Sung in German with projected translation
Performance length: 3 hours
Love is a tempestuous voyage
Night after night, year after year, the ghost ship traverses the seas, its captain powerless to undo the curse. But every seven years, an unseen hand guides the ship ashore, offering a chance at redemption. If the doomed captain can win a woman's true love, the curse will be lifted. On this stormy night, The Flying Dutchman reaches land. On this night, a chance for salvation.
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.
"[The Flying Dutchman] last landed at the Cincinnati Opera more than twenty years ago… The current production proved worth the wait.” Read the review.
Cincinnati Business Courier
"It is spectacular... gripped viewers from beginning to end." Read the review.
Jay Harvey Upstage
"Took the breath away... an astonishingly seaworthy production." Read the review.
"From the opening notes of the overture to the final euphoric apotheosis, yesterday evening’s performance of Der fliegendeHolländer was packed with all the drama and excitement one could want... The cast was uniformly excellent." Read the review.
The Oakwood Register
"The rapt audience was on its feet before the last notes. This continued throughout the curtain calls. I can envision that Wagner himself should come to Cincinnati and celebrate." Read the review.
Cast & Creative Team
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
Choreographer Meg Gillentine
Production jointly owned by Cincinnati Opera, The Atlanta Opera, and Houston Grand Opera
Join us for a pre-curtain lecture one hour before each performance in Music Hall's Corbett Tower. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all ticket holders. No reservations required.
In the News
7.11.2018 The Oakwood Register: 'The Flying Dutchman' Lands at Cincinnati Opera
7.6.2018 Opera Lively: 'Der fliegende Hollander' at Cincinnati Opera
7.6.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: ‘Flying Dutchman’ thrills in new Cincinnati Opera production
7.6.2018 Jay Harvey Upstage: Cincinnati Opera's "Flying Dutchman" highlights hints of Wagner the maestro
7.3.2018 CityBeat: Cincinnati Opera is latest stop on tenor Jay Hunter Morris' 'blessed' singing career
6.8.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: As Cincinnati Opera nears its 100th anniversary, collaboration is key
6.7.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: Behind the curtain: Cincinnati Opera's back at Music Hall with a more functional backstage
6.01.2018 Movers & Makers Cincinnati: Old, new, borrowed, blue and 'Traviata' too
5.30.2018 Cincinnati Magazine: Cincinnati Opera's Killer Summer Lineup
5.1.2018 Opera News: Sound Bites: Frederick Ballentine
4.15.2018 WQXR Operavore: Warm Weather Opera Worth Traveling For
7.14.2017 Cincinnati Enquirer: Ambitious fare planned for Cincinnati Opera's move back to Music Hall