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Our final opera of the year takes you to the watery depths, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.
The epic score, thick with brooding tension, drives his characters from one overpowering emotion to the next. Full-blooded choruses, sweet, mellifluous melodies and an orchestral line are driven by the furious rage and swell of the sea. This new co-production with Opera Queensland stars Jason Howard as The Dutchman and Orla Boylan as Senta. It is brought to the stage by much lauded young director Matthew Lutton and once again the inimitable Wyn Davies takes the baton.
Ghost of a chance.
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 emotion and haunting melodies ensure it is still a firm favourite today.
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. English tenor Peter Auty returns to New Zealand as Erik, after his acclaimed performance as Turridu in last year's Cavalleria rusticana. London based kiwi tenor Shaun Dixon holds the role of The Steersman and local mezzo soprano Wendy Doyle is Mary.
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 Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Featuring the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus. Sung in German with English surtitles. A co-production with Opera Queensland.
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