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Jennifer Sproule and Allison Cecilia Arends in Calgary Opera's The Brothers Grimm at Glendale Elementary School. Photo by Alex Bonyun.

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Madame Butterfly (2014). Photo by Trudie Lee.

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Arrata Opera Centre
1315 - 7 Street SW
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Phone: 403-262-7286



Sat / feb 01 : 8:00PM
Wed / feb 05 : 7:30PM
Fri / feb 07 : 8:00PM


Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
1415 - 14 Avenue NW

The Flying Dutchman

New Production

The Flying Dutchman is doomed to endlessly roam the ocean until a woman can break his curse with an undying pledge of love. Senta, the daughter of a ship’s captain, has always dreamed it would be her. One day a wealthy ship comes to port with a dark and mysterious captain at its helm. Be swept away in this haunting ghost story brought to life with Wagner’s powerful and enchanting music.

Act 1: 81 Minutes
Intermission: 25 Minutes
Act 2: 54 Minutes


Diamond: $143
Main Floor Terraces

Platinum: $118
Main Floor, First Balcony, First Balcony Terraces

Gold: $89 ($74 Students & Seniors)
Main Floor, First Balcony, First Balcony Terraces, Second Balcony

Silver: $57 ($44 Students & Seniors)
First Balcony, Second Balcony

Bronze: $34 ($25 Students & Seniors)
Second Balcony

sponsored by:

  • Production Sponsor BMO Financial

The Cast


Watching: 1 2 3

The Synopsis

Setting: Late 1800s on the Norwegian Coastline

Act I
After months of sailing the sea, a violent storm forces Captain Daland's ship take shelter in a bay seven miles short of its home port. Safe in the bay, the crew retires to sleep leaving the Steersman alone to guard the ship. As the Steersman dozes off a ghostly ship arrives in the bay. The Flying Dutchman, the captain of the ship, disembarks and laments his cruel fate. After vowing to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, even if it took forever, he was condemned by the Devil to sail the oceans for eternity. He is permitted to leave the ship once every seven years. However, he could be redeemed by a woman who will vow to be faithful to him even in death. Such a woman could be his only salvation.

The Dutchman greets Captain Daland and asks for a night's lodging in exchange for a chest of jewels. He also asks Daland if he has a daughter and offers Daland all the treasure on his ship in exchange for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Daland agrees and promises that Senta, his daughter, will be a faithful wife. The Dutchman then follows Daland to his home port.

Act II
At Daland's home, the village women are busy spinning. They tease Senta about her fascination with the legend of the Flying Dutchman and the portrait of the doomed captain that she is painting. They mock her for ignoring her devoted suitor, the hunter Erik. In response she tells the girls the Flying Dutchman’s story and is inspired to save the Dutchman from his wandering. Erik enters and announces that the Daland’s ship has arrived and the men have returned home. The women leave, and Erik pleads with Senta to talk to her father about his suit to be her husband. He has noticed her obsession with the portrait and tells her of his dream in which she embraced the Dutchman and sailed away with him. Senta, believing this to be a sign, exclaims that this is what she dreams will happen. Erik leaves in despair. The next moment Daland appears with the Dutchmen. Senta recognizes him as he tells her of his sad story. She vows to be faithful to him to death. Daland, Senta and the Dutchman rejoice in the hope that true love and salvation is at hand.

The villagers are celebrate the sailors return to the harbor. They invite the sailors from the mysterious ship to join their festivities. As rough waves surround the ship, the villagers realize that the sailors on board are the crew of the ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman. They flee in terror. Senta rushes in pursued by Erik, who knows of her intention to be faithful to the Dutchman, and wishes to save her. Erik reminds her of the love she had promised to him. On hearing this, the Dutchman believes that Senta will not keep her word to him. He prepares to set sail, to save Senta from the fate of eternal damnation visited upon the unfaithful loves of the Dutchman. Senta again vows her love to him. As The Dutchman boards his ship, he declares his true identity. Senta, held back by Erik and Daland, breaks free. She declares her eternal faithfulness to the Dutchman as she throws herself into the ocean. The Dutchman and his ship disappear. As the sun rises, the Dutchman and Senta are transfigured and rise into the heavens.


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The 2014 Calgary Opera production of The Flying Dutchman. Photo by Trudie Lee.
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The 2014 Calgary Opera production of The Flying Dutchman. Photo by Trudie Lee.
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The 2014 Calgary Opera production of The Flying Dutchman. Photo by Trudie Lee.
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Richard Paul Fink as The Dutchman in the Calgary Opera production of The Flying Dutchman. Photo by Trudie Lee.
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Richard Paul Fink as The Dutchman and Joni Henson as Senta in the Calgary Opera production of The Flying Dutchman. Photo by Trudie Lee.
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