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The Flying Dutchman

24 Feb 2015
The Royal Opera House presents a Live Broadcast of: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN [DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER]
by Richard Wagner
An opera in three acts.  Sung in German with English surtitles.  Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes 
(no interval)
We are delighted to offer for the first time an opera streamed live in real time directly from the stage of the Royal Opera House in London onto a big screen in The Grainstore.
A night at the opera is true spectacle - thrilling, romantic, and an escape from reality into a world of drama and passion.  It is said that opera combines the best of other art forms, and that is so true.  If you like West End musicals, drama, classical music, or dance then come see this world-famous opera.
So whether you are a bona fide 'opera buff', or just want to 'give opera a go,' this is a fantastic opportunity to see a massive production directly from London.  The Flying Dutchman [Der fliegende Holländer] is sung in German with English surtitles.  And you can leave your black tie and tiaras at home! 
Click here for the 1-minute trailer and more information directly from the Royal Opera House. 

The Story

The Flying Dutchman is a sea captain who has been cursed for eternity. Once every seven years he is allowed to come ashore to seek redemption. He may have found it in Senta, a woman who longs for escape from her dreary life.
Senta accepts the Dutchman's offer of marriage. But the Dutchman wrongly suspects her of unfaithfulness. Thinking he's protecting her, he leaves to resume his endless voyaging. Senta is left alone.
In his first masterpiece, Wagner created unforgettable characters operating near the limits of human emotion.   The composer explored the themes of damnation and redemption that would fascinate him throughout his career. 
Tim Albery’s atmospheric modern-dress staging provides an ideal platform on which Bryn Terfel’s turbulent Dutchman and Adrianne Pieczonka’s visionary Senta explore their passions and struggle to find salvation in a hostile world. 
Admired for his Wagner interpretations with the CBSO and at Bayreuth, conductor Andris Nelsons returns to steer the orchestra through Wagner’s stormy score.


Shortly before the premiere of The Flying Dutchman [Der fliegende Holländer] in Dresden, Wagner had returned from a deeply unsuccessful two-year stint in Paris.  He had gone there to make his fortune, but found his way barred by a strict class-based system.  One of the bitterest blows came when Léon Pillet, director of the Paris Opéra, accepted his libretto for Der fliegende Holländer – but then commissioned a score not from Wagner but from French composer Pierre-Louis Dietsch.  But the Dresden premieres of first Rienzi in October 1842 and Der fliegende Holländer in January 1843 were immense successes, and marked the beginning of Wagner's career as one of the greatest operatic composers.
Tim Albery's Olivier-nominated production for The Royal Opera delves deep into the psychology of Wagner's cursed wanderer and his beloved Senta, detailing the monomania and uncompromising idealism that finally drives them apart. Michael Levine's elemental single set is dominated by a rolling metal hull that represents the Dutchman's phantom ship, the poverty of Senta's home and  the treacherous sea.

Cast and Creative Team:

  • The Dutchman  - Bryn Terfel 
  • Daland - Peter Rose
  • Senta  - Adrianne Pieczonka
  • Royal Opera Chorus
  • Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Conductor - Andris Nelsons 
  • Director Tim - Albery
  • Set designs - Michael Levine 
  • Lighting design - David Finn
  • Costume designs - Constance Hoffman 
  • Choreography -  Philippe Giraudeau
Please note that this is a LIVE BROADCAST and begins at 7:15pm.

Please note that this is a LIVE BROADCAST and begins at 7:15pm.

Event Details

24 Feb 2015

Please note that this is a LIVE BROADCAST and begins at 7:15pm.


Are you a cultural omnivore who enjoys sampling from a banquet of art forms?  Are you ready for some cultural adventure in 2015?  Have you always thought you should give opera an outing or dip your toe into ballet?
To celebrate our first-ever opera and ballet performances - both streamed live directly from London's Royal Opera House to a screen in The Grainstore - we have a buy one ticket, get one free offer.
Both broadcasts feature informative behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and creative team.
Buy one ticket for €18, get a second ticket free. Free tickets are strictly limited. 
To avail of the buy one get one free ticket offers for The Flying Dutchman and for Swan Lake quote GS02 on the last page of the booking*.
*Please note that your enter the code towards the end of the booking process. Maximum of two free tickets per booking.