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THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

Richard Wagner
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COC Revival

In a fishing village, a young woman named Senta becomes infatuated with the story of the Flying Dutchman, a sea captain condemned to sail for eternity. Legend has it that he has been cursed by Satan, and can return to land only once every seven years, to search for a true love that will release him from his suffering.

When a ghostly ship anchors near her town’s harbour, Senta's fantasies collide with reality in a powerful, storm-tossed encounter.

Performances

Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m.

Connect with us on social by using #COC1920 | #COCDutchman | @CanadianOpera
General onsale – Monday, August 26, 2019 | Under 30 – Tuesday, September 3, 2019

 


Details

On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

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

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

Synopsis

SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

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.

GALLERY


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.

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

BUZZ

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

"Alden's direction is a mixture of deep insights and unhelpful peculiarities, but, in general, the few oddities do little to dampen the power of the experience." Stage Door

  • On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.

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

    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

  • SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

    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.




  • 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

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

    "Alden's direction is a mixture of deep insights and unhelpful peculiarities, but, in general, the few oddities do little to dampen the power of the experience." Stage Door


2019/2020 season creative: BT/A

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

Richard Wagner
To

COC Revival

In a fishing village, a young woman named Senta becomes infatuated with the story of the Flying Dutchman, a sea captain condemned to sail for eternity. Legend has it that he has been cursed by Satan, and can return to land only once every seven years, to search for a true love that will release him from his suffering.

When a ghostly ship anchors near her town’s harbour, Senta's fantasies collide with reality in a powerful, storm-tossed encounter.

Performances

Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m.

Connect with us on social by using #COC1920 | #COCDutchman | @CanadianOpera
General onsale – Monday, August 26, 2019 | Under 30 – Tuesday, September 3, 2019

 

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