THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

Richard Wagner
To

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is approximately two hours and 20 minutes, with no intermission.

#COCDutchman

What makes The Flying Dutchman so special?

The story of a cursed sailor and his ghostly ship might sound familiar from The Pirates of the Caribbean films, but Wagner first heard the legend of The Flying Dutchman when he had to take to the seas, fleeing his creditors and crushing debts. The superstitious sailors on board regaled Wagner with tales to pass the time, including the story of a cursed captain forced to sail the high seas for all eternity – unless he can find true love.

Director Christopher Alden’s production taps into these feverish origins. Its design evokes classic cinema like Metropolis, with an off-kilter and surreal-yet-stark set, costumes, and lighting. His vision captures the nightmarish, fantastical prison of the cursed seas.

“One of the COC’s most magical productions.”
NOW Magazine


Credits

Sung in German with English SURTITLESTM




CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS

Conductor Johannes Debus
Director Christopher Alden
Set & Costume Designer Allen Moyer
Lighting Designer Anne Militello
Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst


The Dutchman Vitalij Kowaljow
Senta Marjorie Owens
Daland Dmitry Ulyanov
The Steersman Miles Mykkanen
Mary Ewa Płonka
Erik Michael Schade

COC production

With the COC Orchestra & Chorus

The Story

THE STORY

The Dutchman is a doomed sailor cursed to sail the seas without respite, only able to set foot on shore for one day every seven years. If he can find a woman on that day who will vow to love him until death, his curse will be broken. The Dutchman meets Senta, who falls in love with him.  But when her former suitor threatens the pact, she proves her love by sacrificing herself, and thus saving both her soul and that of the Dutchman.

SYNOPSIS

Act I

On Daland’s ship

Daland, a sea-captain, drops anchor near his home harbour, and orders the Steersman to keep watch. The tired man falls asleep and fails to see the arrival of the Dutchman’s ship, which anchors beside Daland’s vessel. When Daland discovers the strange ship he calls to its captain, who identifies himself simply as “a Dutchman” and offers a rich reward for one night’s lodging. He then offers his fabulous treasure as a dowry for the hand of Daland’s daughter, and Daland eagerly agrees.

Act II

Daland’s home

Daland’s daughter, Senta, stares at a portrait of the Flying Dutchman while the women around her sing as they work. Senta then sings a song about the Dutchman, a sea-captain condemned by Satan to sail for eternity. He is permitted to set foot on land only once every seven years, to search for salvation in a woman’s love. Mary, Senta’s companion, scolds Senta for her obsession with this legend, and tells her that when her father returns, she will ask him to remove from the house the picture of the Dutchman. Erik, Senta’s suitor, enters to say that he has seen her father’s ship sailing towards harbour. He presses her to ask her father to give him her hand. Senta, however, continues to speak of her fascination with the Flying Dutchman, and Erik tells her of a dream in which he saw her embrace a strange seaman. In despair, Erik leaves.

Daland then enters with his guest, and Senta is mesmerized by the Dutchman, whom she recognizes from the portrait. Daland explains that the stranger has asked for her hand in marriage and leaves the couple together. Senta agrees to marry the Dutchman.

Act III

By the Dutchman’s ship

After a party of celebrating sailors and their women are terrified by an encounter with the Dutchman’s ghostly crew, Erik and Senta enter. Erik is angry, as he has learned that Senta has accepted the hand of the Dutchman. As Erik reminds Senta of her promise to love him, the Dutchman enters and overhears the exchange. Convinced that Senta is Here are the set sail. Proclaiming her eternal faithfulness to the Dutchman, Senta dies.

This production will be performed without intermission.

PHOTOS


Production photos from Canadian Opera Company’s The Flying Dutchman, 2010; Adam Luther (at wheel) as The Steersman and Evgeny Nikitin as The Dutchman, All photos: Michael Cooper.

WATCH

Fatal Attractions: Reviving Christopher Alden's The Flying Dutchman

Director Christopher Alden’s production of Wagner's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN evokes classic cinema like "Metropolis", with an off-kilter and surreal-yet-stark set, costumes, and lighting. His vision captures the nightmarish, fantastical prison of the cursed seas.


Listen



Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. George London (The Dutchman), Leonie Rysanek (Senta). Antal Dorati, conductor, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1962. Decca

EVENTS

OPERA INSIGHTS

Inside the Music of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

7 - 8:30 p.m.
Education Centre
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Join musicologist Matthew Timmermans as he guides you through the musical score of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. In this 90 minute interactive lecture, take a crash course on laying out a score and unpacking its musical gems. Our intrepid guide will supply audio and video examples from some of the opera’s most noted performances through history. This event is for all levels of musical experience; no score-reading experience required.

  • Sung in German with English SURTITLESTM



    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS

    Conductor Johannes Debus
    Director Christopher Alden
    Set & Costume Designer Allen Moyer
    Lighting Designer Anne Militello
    Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst


    The Dutchman Vitalij Kowaljow
    Senta Marjorie Owens
    Daland Dmitry Ulyanov
    The Steersman Miles Mykkanen
    Mary Ewa Płonka
    Erik Michael Schade

    COC production

    With the COC Orchestra & Chorus

  • THE STORY

    The Dutchman is a doomed sailor cursed to sail the seas without respite, only able to set foot on shore for one day every seven years. If he can find a woman on that day who will vow to love him until death, his curse will be broken. The Dutchman meets Senta, who falls in love with him.  But when her former suitor threatens the pact, she proves her love by sacrificing herself, and thus saving both her soul and that of the Dutchman.

    SYNOPSIS

    Act I

    On Daland’s ship

    Daland, a sea-captain, drops anchor near his home harbour, and orders the Steersman to keep watch. The tired man falls asleep and fails to see the arrival of the Dutchman’s ship, which anchors beside Daland’s vessel. When Daland discovers the strange ship he calls to its captain, who identifies himself simply as “a Dutchman” and offers a rich reward for one night’s lodging. He then offers his fabulous treasure as a dowry for the hand of Daland’s daughter, and Daland eagerly agrees.

    Act II

    Daland’s home

    Daland’s daughter, Senta, stares at a portrait of the Flying Dutchman while the women around her sing as they work. Senta then sings a song about the Dutchman, a sea-captain condemned by Satan to sail for eternity. He is permitted to set foot on land only once every seven years, to search for salvation in a woman’s love. Mary, Senta’s companion, scolds Senta for her obsession with this legend, and tells her that when her father returns, she will ask him to remove from the house the picture of the Dutchman. Erik, Senta’s suitor, enters to say that he has seen her father’s ship sailing towards harbour. He presses her to ask her father to give him her hand. Senta, however, continues to speak of her fascination with the Flying Dutchman, and Erik tells her of a dream in which he saw her embrace a strange seaman. In despair, Erik leaves.

    Daland then enters with his guest, and Senta is mesmerized by the Dutchman, whom she recognizes from the portrait. Daland explains that the stranger has asked for her hand in marriage and leaves the couple together. Senta agrees to marry the Dutchman.

    Act III

    By the Dutchman’s ship

    After a party of celebrating sailors and their women are terrified by an encounter with the Dutchman’s ghostly crew, Erik and Senta enter. Erik is angry, as he has learned that Senta has accepted the hand of the Dutchman. As Erik reminds Senta of her promise to love him, the Dutchman enters and overhears the exchange. Convinced that Senta is Here are the set sail. Proclaiming her eternal faithfulness to the Dutchman, Senta dies.

    This production will be performed without intermission.



  • Production photos from Canadian Opera Company’s The Flying Dutchman, 2010; Adam Luther (at wheel) as The Steersman and Evgeny Nikitin as The Dutchman, All photos: Michael Cooper.

  • Fatal Attractions: Reviving Christopher Alden's The Flying Dutchman

    Director Christopher Alden’s production of Wagner's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN evokes classic cinema like "Metropolis", with an off-kilter and surreal-yet-stark set, costumes, and lighting. His vision captures the nightmarish, fantastical prison of the cursed seas.





  • Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. George London (The Dutchman), Leonie Rysanek (Senta). Antal Dorati, conductor, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1962. Decca

  • OPERA INSIGHTS

    Inside the Music of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    7 - 8:30 p.m.
    Education Centre
    Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

    Join musicologist Matthew Timmermans as he guides you through the musical score of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. In this 90 minute interactive lecture, take a crash course on laying out a score and unpacking its musical gems. Our intrepid guide will supply audio and video examples from some of the opera’s most noted performances through history. This event is for all levels of musical experience; no score-reading experience required.


2019/2020 season creative: BT/A

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

Richard Wagner
To

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is approximately two hours and 20 minutes, with no intermission.

#COCDutchman

What makes The Flying Dutchman so special?

The story of a cursed sailor and his ghostly ship might sound familiar from The Pirates of the Caribbean films, but Wagner first heard the legend of The Flying Dutchman when he had to take to the seas, fleeing his creditors and crushing debts. The superstitious sailors on board regaled Wagner with tales to pass the time, including the story of a cursed captain forced to sail the high seas for all eternity – unless he can find true love.

Director Christopher Alden’s production taps into these feverish origins. Its design evokes classic cinema like Metropolis, with an off-kilter and surreal-yet-stark set, costumes, and lighting. His vision captures the nightmarish, fantastical prison of the cursed seas.

“One of the COC’s most magical productions.”
NOW Magazine

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