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
Choreographer  Meg Gillentine

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

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Opera Insights
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.

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