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Der fliegende Holländer

Opera in three acts by Richard Wagner (1813–1883). Libretto by the composer.

Wagner’s opera of love, longing and eternal damnation.

  • Duration

    Approx. 2 h 15 mins, no interval.

  • Dates

    17 Feb — 04 Apr 2024

  • Stage

    Main Stage

  • Genre


  • Language

    German, with Swedish and English titles.

  • Price

    150–690 kr

  • Accessibility

Mystic love in a modern setting of Wagner’s first masterpiece.

”Top marks. One of Göteborg Opera’s best productions in a while.”Göteborgs-Posten
”The Swedish audience shouldn't miss their chance.”Svenska Dagbladet
”As soon as Åsa Jäger opens her mouth she owns the stage.”Aftonbladet
”The musical intensity is maintained throughout.”Expressen
”The soloists are a top-class sextet.”Scenkonstguiden
”The Göteborg Opera’s phenomenally expert chorus must get a mention. They make an essential contribution.”Dagens Nyheter
”The production is modern, fresh and takes risks without becoming diffuse, silly or being new just for the sake of it.” — Göteborgs-Posten
“Director Alessandro Talevi by no means refuses to take a critical view of Wagner's Flying Dutchman, but he develops it entirely from the perspective of the fantastic – that's exactly what makes this production so worth seeing. Also fantastic: the singing of the soloists and choir.” — Oper!
“Outstanding singing.” — Opera Now
“Musically, vocally and visually this is a stunning production and a showcase of just how good Der fliegende Holländer can be.” (Seen and Heard International)

The ancient crew of the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman is doomed to sail the oceans for all eternity. Once every seven years, the captain of the vessel is permitted to go ashore in search of the love of a good woman. A love that will release him from his curse.

On land, the young Senta has fallen in love with a picture of the Dutch captain. Despite her almost symbiotic relationship with Erik, a young man her own age, she dreams of being the woman who saves the doomed Dutchman. For his part, the Dutchman yearns for a love that can finally release him from eternal life.

The epic music depicts the rolling waves and stormy seas, the spirited sea-shanties of the sailors, the anguished Dutchman and love’s salvation. The impossible love between Senta and the Dutchman shines brightly, but it is a happiness that can only end in bitter-sweet calamity.

The leading female role of Senta will be performed by a Swedish rising star in the Wagner firmament: Åsa Jäger. Bass-baritone Craig Colclough, having gone from strength to strength in the Italian canon and who recently made his bow at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as Norwegian tenor Kjetil Støa will perform their first major Wagner roles, as the Dutchman and Erik respectively.

South African director Alessandro Talevi is in international demand for his creative interpretations. This production is set in modern times, as climate change and rising sea levels reawaken awareness of the ocean’s dangers. The Flying Dutchman is transported through centuries of colonization and exploitation to a modern, industrial seascape. The production will be graced by internationally renowned conductor Alevtina Ioffe, who made an acclaimed Swedish debut with us last season. Some performances will be conducted by the Göteborg Opera’s Aivis Greters.


Photos from the performance

Holländaren sjunger med armarna utsträckta bakom sig. På hans kropp syns endast några hudtrasor kvar ovanpå muskulaturen.

In photo:  Craig Colclough|Photographer:  Tilo Stengel

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Why you should see this opera
Who is the Flying Dutchman?
Panel discussion
Music excerpt