The Flying Dutchman

July 5 & 7, 2018 | 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

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.


Opera News
"[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.

Opera Lively
"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

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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