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A haunting love story, a doomed ghost ship. An epic opera in 3D. In St Kilda's iconic Palais Theatre, witness the famous tale of the legendary ghost ship come to life with the use of ground-breaking 3D technology. 

Richard Wagner's first masterpiece is transformed by Victorian Opera and two internationally acclaimed Wagner singers bringing to life the roles of The Dutchman, forever cursed to sail the seas and the village girl who dreams of saving the doomed captain.

Single tickets now available. BOOK ONLINE >

Composer Richard Wagner

Conductor Richard Mills

Director Roger Hodgman

Set and Visual Design Matt Scott and Christina Smith

Lighting Design Matt Scott

Costume Design Teresa Negroponte


The Dutchman Oskar Hillebrandt

Senta Lori Phillips

Erik Bradley Daley

Daland Warwick Fyfe*

Mary Liane Keegan

Steersman Carlos E Barcenas


Victorian Opera Chorus

Australian Youth Orchestra


* Warwick Fyfe is proudly supported by The Richard Wagner Society (Vic)

VENUE

Palais Theatre, St Kilda


DATES

  • Saturday 14 February 2015, 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 17 February 2015, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 19 February 2015, 7.30pm*

Sung in German with English surtitles.
2 hours and 50 minutes with one interval. *Accessible performance.

TICKETS

  • Online: Click here to BOOK ONLINE >
  • Phone: Ticketmaster on 136 100
  • In person: Visit a Ticketmaster Outlet near you. Click here to find out more.
  • Pricing: Tickets $50 - $110 (transaction fees apply). Concession and VOyage ($30 tickets for 30 years and under) available.
  • 2015 Season subscriptions have now closed. For all subscription queries and bookings, please call 1300 822 849.

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Find our more about our accessible peformances >

  • Tactile tour - Thursday 19 February, 6.20pm
  • Audio described performance - Thursday 19 February, 7.30pm

Bring opera to the classroom.

Victorian Opera's for Schools program offers an unique experience for students to experience the world of opera, enhance their musical eductation and have fun. Visit our website to find out how we can tailor an opera experience for your students >

 

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

  • Dates: 14, 17, 19 February 7.30pm at Palais Theatre
  • Pricing: $25 per student
  • School bookings: School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group. Email > or call 1300 889 278
  • Find out more about our 2015 Season school performances >

2 hours and 50 minutes including one interval.


ADD-ON EXPERIENCES

Would you like to introduce your Grade Preps to the sounds of an opera singer? Give your VCE Theatre Studies class an intensive workshop on Lighting Design? We are able to create a tailored incursion for your school delivered by our team of relevant specialists. Please get in touch and we’ll chat to you further about how to introduce your students to the many elements of opera.

When: All year round
What: Workshops, tailored activities, outreach, school tickets, resources
How: Contact Melissa Stark, Education and Community Engagement Manager via email or call 03 9012 6652

 

ONLINE LEARNING

SYNOPSIS

Act I A Norwegian ship takes refuge from a storm in a fjord. Daland, its captain, recognizes the place as a bay not far from his home. A ghostly ship with blood-red sails draws alongside, making landfall for the first time in seven years. Its captain is the Flying Dutchman, condemned by his own pride to sail the seas until Judgment Day. His redemption can be achieved only through the love of a faithful woman. Daland, tempted by the Dutchman’s treasure, offers the hand of his daughter Senta in marriage. The weather clears.

- Interval -

Act II Senta has long been obsessed with the legend of the Flying Dutchman whose portrait hangs in her home. She is convinced of her destiny to save him. Her despairing suitor Erik believes she has been possessed by Satan. The Dutchman arrives and he and Senta pledge themselves to each other.

Act III The Norwegian sailors and girls are celebrating. They call to the strange and silent Dutch vessel and taunt its crew. The sea begins to heave and, through the howling wind the Dutch crew can be heard lamenting their captain’s futile searches and the curse that dooms them to sail for ever. Erik makes a last effort to save Senta, but the Dutchman believes he has been betrayed and sets sail. Senta, determined to prove her devotion, leaps from a cliff. At once the phantom ship sinks and the Dutchman and Senta are seen together, rising above the waves.

The Wall

The Flying Dutchman is presented in partnership with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and Deakin Motion.Lab supported by the Australian Research Council, and West Australian Opera.

 

Victorian Opera acknowledges HENKELL BROTHERS Investment Managers for their very generous support.
Warwick Fyfe is proudly supported by The Richard Wagner Society (Vic).

WATCH THE PROMO


A legendary ghost story. Breathtaking 3D projections. An 85-piece orchestra. Over 100 performers. An iconic venue. Watch the trailer for a sneak peek of Victorian Opera's epic theatrical experience!

PROGRAMME


The Flying Dutchman programme is online and jam-packed with notes from the creative team, artist biographies and more! View the programme online >

 

IN THE PRESS


"In its tenth anniversary year, the VO's ambitious Dutchman looks set to equal Wagner's epic heights." - The Age. Read the full article online >

 

 

What does a 3D Opera look like?


Here is a sneak peek of what you will see when wearing 3D glasses to The Flying Dutchman at the Palais Theatre. Watch the video on YouTube >

PHOTO ALBUM


View The Flying Dutchman photo album on online >

10 things about...the Flying Dutchman


With just over three weeks to go before our 3D opera sails into St Kilda, we thought we’d share 10 things about the Dutchman. Like how epic the man behind the Dutchman will be, loose connections to Chet Faker and SpongeBob Squarepants and no connections to Pirates. Read more in our blog >

 

BEHIND-THE-SCENES


So how do you fit a 85 piece orchestra in the Palais Theatre? Our production team have been busy preparing the orchestra pit to accomodate the Australian Youth Orchestra.

 

IN THE PRESS


"World-first 3D technology will bring The Flying Dutchman’s watery backdrop to life....audience members attending VO’s latest offering will be required to don 3D glasses to experience this pioneering new innovation" - Limelight Magazine chats to Director Roger Hodgman (pictured) about using technology to bring the stage to life. Read the article >

 

PHOTO ALBUM


Rehearsals are in full-swing for The Flying Dutchman. We captured a few behind-the-scene pictures. View the album >

The Legend of the Dutchman


There is a pale man who sails a ship with black masts and blood red sails....

With his ghostly crew he roams the seas chased by storms and violent winds but always cheating death. Every seven years he comes ashore in search of a bride whose love will lift his terrible curse.

 

SNEAK PEEK


Captain Jack Sparrow, anyone? A little sneak peek of The Flying Dutchman photoshoot. Did you know the movie series The Pirates of the Caribbean was inspired by this opera?

 

IN THE PRESS


"Victorian Opera seeks to revolutionize performance theatre by using movie-style 3D visual effects in its upcoming Melbourne production of Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman." Computer World chats to Deakin Motion.Lab Director Kim Vincs about the 3D technology used in our production. Read the article >

 

SYNOPSIS


Act I A Norwegian ship takes refuge from a storm in a fjord. Daland, its captain, recognizes the place as a bay not far from his home. A ghostly ship with blood-red sails draws alongside, making landfall for the first time in seven years. Its captain is the Flying Dutchman, condemned by his own pride to sail the seas until Judgment Day. His redemption can be achieved only through the love of a faithful woman. Daland, tempted by the Dutchman’s treasure, offers the hand of his daughter Senta in marriage. The weather clears.

Act II Senta has long been obsessed with the legend of the Flying Dutchman whose portrait hangs in her home. She is convinced of her destiny to save him. Her despairing suitor Erik believes she has been possessed by Satan. The Dutchman arrives and he and Senta pledge themselves to each other.

Act III The Norwegian sailors and girls are celebrating. They call to the strange and silent Dutch vessel and taunt its crew. The sea begins to heave and, through the howling wind the Dutch crew can be heard lamenting their captain’s futile searches and the curse that dooms them to sail for ever. Erik makes a last effort to save Senta, but the Dutchman believes he has been betrayed and sets sail. Senta, determined to prove her devotion, leaps from a cliff. At once the phantom ship sinks and the Dutchman and Senta are seen together, rising above the waves.

 

Meet the Dutchman


BLOG ALERT: We chat to Oskar Hillebrandt, who has performed the role of The Dutchman over 400 times! Oksar shares his thoughts on the music of Richard Wagner, the use of 3D technology in "The Flying Dutchman" and more! Read on here >

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