Rotorua opera fans can head north or south to catch the The Flying Dutchman at St James Theatre in Wellington Saturday, September 14, Tuesday September 17, Thursday September 19 and Saturday September 21 – more info here - or at ABS Theatre, Aotea Centre on Auckland Saturday, October 5, Tuesday October 8, Thursday October 10 and Saturday October 12 – more info here.
NZ Opera’s final production for 2013 takes the audience to the watery depths of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. To quote from the program…
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.
The epic score drives the 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.