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The Flying Dutchman



Norfolk, VA
Apr. 8, 2016, 8:00 PM
Apr. 10, 2016, 2:30 PM
Apr. 12, 2016, 7:30 PM
Richmond, VA
Apr. 15, 2016, 8:00 PM
Apr. 17, 2016, 2:30 PM
Fairfax, VA
Apr. 23, 2016, 8:00 PM
Apr. 24, 2016, 2:00 PM
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Seafaring stories of sailors and his own disastrous sea journey inspired Wagner to compose his masterful opera The Flying Dutchman in a very dramatic style. The irrevocable, redemptive power of love - set to a mesmerizing score - uses the supernatural and haunting, rocky coast of Norway to set the stage for an epic, spellbinding voyage. Will the lovers make the ultimate sacrifice? Come aboard and find out!

The season concludes with a stunning production directed by Washington National Opera’s Artistic Director, Francesca Zambello, and made famous at Glimmerglass Festival as well as Hawaii Opera Theatre. Lauded by the Chicago Sun-Times for his “rich, dark tone and beautiful legato,” bass-baritone Wayne Tigges conquers the role of the Dutchman. Recently seen on Virginia Opera stages singing the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos (2014), experience Christina Pier’s monumental debut in the Wagnerian repertoire, as she unleashes her “big, gleaming soprano” in the role of Senta.

Sung in German with English Supertitles

*Runtime - 2 hours and 40 minutes including a 20 minute intermission


The Dutchman • Wayne Tigges
Daland • Peter Volpe
Senta • Christina Pier
Erik • Corey Bix
Mary • Rachelle Pike
Steersman • David Blalock


Conductor • Adam Turner
Director • Sara Widzer
Set Designer • James Noone
Costume Designer • Erik Teague
Lighting Designer • Mark McCullough
Lighting Recreation • Serena Wong
Wig and Makeup Designer • Jim McGough


Choreographer • Felicity Stiverson 
Production Stage Manager • Cody W. Symanietz
Assistant Stage Manager • Joan Llaneza
Assistant Stage Manager • Sarah Stewart


Chorus Master • Adam Turner
Principal Coach • Shelby Rhoades
Rehearsal Pianist • Gloria Kim