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The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner

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Brooding. Boundless. Haunting.

The Flying Dutchman, a cursed sea captain, sails his phantom ship across the world’s oceans. Only true love can save him and every seven years he is allowed one night to venture ashore in search of the right bride. The Flying Dutchman was only Wagner's second opera to be successfully staged but its brooding tension, boundless energy and haunting melodies ensure it is still a firm favourite today.

Duration: Two hours and 40 minutes (including a 20 minute interval).

The Cast

This co-production with Opera Queensland stars Jason Howard as The Dutchman, Christchurch-born bass Paul Whelan as Daland, and Irish soprano Orla Boylan as Senta.

The Story

Off the Norwegian coast, a community of women are yearning for the return of their men. But Senta is obsessed with a different passion - she fantasises about the myth of the Flying Dutchman, and longs to save his tormented soul. When her father, Daland, is caught out in a storm at sea, he catches sight of the blood-red sails of the Dutchman’s ship and invites the stranger home, never dreaming of the captain’s true identity.

Accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Featuring the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus

Sung in German with English surtitles

A co-production with Opera Queensland

*contains nudity.



October 5—12

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

  • Saturday 5
  • Tuesday 8
  • Thursday 10
  • Saturday 12
Pre Show Talks

10, 12 October 6.30pm; 8 October 5.30pm
Air New Zealand foyer, Level 5, Aotea Centre

Opera Exposed & Friends Night

8 October from 5.30pm


September 14—21

St James Theatre

  • Saturday 14
  • Tuesday 17
  • Thursday 19
  • Saturday 21
Pre Show Talks

9, 21 September 6.30pm; 17 September 5pm
Hospitality Suite, 1st Floor Gallery, St James Theatre

Opera Exposed & Friends Night

17 September from 5pm

The Flying Dutchman DLE flyer

The Flying Dutchman DLE flyer


Jason Howard Orla BoylanPaul WhelanPeter AutyShaun DixonWendy Doyle

Jason Howard The Dutchman

Orla Boylan Senta

Paul Whelan Daland

Peter Auty Erik

Shaun Dixon The Steersman

Wendy Doyle Mary


Wyn DaviesMatthew LuttonZoe AtkinsonJon Buswell

Wyn Davies Conductor

Matthew Lutton Director

Zoe Atkinson Production Designer

Jon Buswell Lighting Designer

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