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The Flying Dutchman

Richard Wagner

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OCTOBER 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 21, AND 23, 2022


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is approximately two hours and 15 minutes, with no intermission


In a fishing village, a young woman named Senta has become infatuated with the story of the Flying Dutchman, a sea captain condemned to sail for eternity. Legend has it that he has been cursed, and can only step ashore once every seven years—unless he finds true love.

When a ghostly ship anchors near her town’s harbour, Senta’s fantasies are put to the test in director Christopher Alden’s visually striking production, inspired by classic Expressionist cinema and Wagner’s feverish, Romantic score. 


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: Johan Reuter
Senta: Marjorie Owens
Daland: Franz-Josef Selig
The Steersman: Miles Mykkanen
Erik: Christopher Ventris
Mary: Rosie Aldridge

With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

A Canadian Opera Company production

Production underwritten in part by Lisa Balfour Bowen and Family in memory of Walter Bowen and in honour of Alexander Neef
The Story

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. 

 

FULL SYNOPSIS

 

Scene 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. 

Scene 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. 

Scene 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. 

  • 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: Johan Reuter
    Senta: Marjorie Owens
    Daland: Franz-Josef Selig
    The Steersman: Miles Mykkanen
    Erik: Christopher Ventris
    Mary: Rosie Aldridge

    With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

    A Canadian Opera Company production

    Production underwritten in part by Lisa Balfour Bowen and Family in memory of Walter Bowen and in honour of Alexander Neef
  • 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. 

     

    FULL SYNOPSIS

     

    Scene 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. 

    Scene 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. 

    Scene 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. 


2022 season creative: BT/A

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts capacity: 2,070
Ticket prices do not include service fees, $9 CAD

The Flying Dutchman

Richard Wagner
To

OCTOBER 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 21, AND 23, 2022


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is approximately two hours and 15 minutes, with no intermission


In a fishing village, a young woman named Senta has become infatuated with the story of the Flying Dutchman, a sea captain condemned to sail for eternity. Legend has it that he has been cursed, and can only step ashore once every seven years—unless he finds true love.

When a ghostly ship anchors near her town’s harbour, Senta’s fantasies are put to the test in director Christopher Alden’s visually striking production, inspired by classic Expressionist cinema and Wagner’s feverish, Romantic score. 

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