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Wagner's The Flying Dutchman

Wagner's The Flying Dutchman

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The legend of The Flying Dutchman, a ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever, has fascinated opera lovers for hundreds of years. Wagner’s enthralling score is illuminated by striking stage imagery that powers a thrilling journey into an unsettling, mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his only redemption.

Originating in 17th century nautical folklore, The Flying Dutchman is the tale of a phantom ship, an omen of doom to all who encounter it, captained by a Dutchman cursed to an eternity at sea. From Thomas Moore’s poem On Passing Dead Man’s Island to the Hollywood hit Pirates of the Caribbean, the ghost ship and its captain have haunted books, films, plays and animations for decades.

Presented in German with English supertitles, this fully staged co-production by the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Connecticut Lyric Opera features an international cast of singers accompanied by a full orchestra conducted by Maestro Adrian Sylveen. For more information, visit or

The Dutchman, bass-baritone:
Steve Fredericks
Senta, Daland's daughter, soprano:
Jurate Svedaite
Daland, a Norwegian sea captain:
Nathan Resika
Erik, a huntsman, tenor - Daniel Juarez
Mary, Senta's nurse, contalto - Heather Petri
Steersman, tenor - Cris Frisco

Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra
Conductor: Adrian Sylveen

Creative Team
Stage Director: Andy Ottoson