The Flying Dutchman

Richard Wagner

1 February - 28 March 2025

Dates & venues

At sea, the captain of a ship is cursed along with his crew to wander the
ocean until Judgement Day.

On land, a woman dreams of escape from a world where vision and compassion are reduced to shabby deals. She is obsessed with the legend of the Flying Dutchman, whose soul only love can redeem from the purgatory of his ceaseless voyaging. Will Senta and the Dutchman bring each other salvation or catastrophe?

Although not his first opera, Wagner regarded The Flying Dutchman as the true beginning of his artistic voyage, and it is in many ways the ideal introduction to his musical universe. From the bracing horn calls that set the propulsive drama in motion to the resplendent final moments of transfiguration, you’ll be swept away by this thrilling, tempestuous music drama in a new production directed by Annabel Arden and designed by Joanna Parker (Andrea Chénier, Turandot, Aida).

Supported by The Flying Dutchman Circle and the Friends of Opera North.

From £16*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Newcastle Theatre Royal
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham
  • Hull New Theatre

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Sung in German with English subtitles

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When can I book?

Leeds and Bradford packages
Full Season Package renewals On sale
Patrons On sale
Friends On sale
All packages on sale 24 April

Leeds and Bradford single tickets
Patrons 9 May
Friends 16 May
Groups, U30s & Schools 28 May
All tickets on sale 29 May

Nottingham, Salford and Hull
Patrons and Friends On sale
All tickets on sale 24 April

Patrons and Friends On sale
All tickets on sale 25 April

Cast & creative

Robert Hayward

The Dutchman

A woman with long wavy hair.
Sinéad Campbell Wallace


A man with grey hair wearing a shirt and blazer.
Clive Bayley


Molly Barker


Image of conductor Garry Walker
Garry Walker


A woman with curly hair.
Annabel Arden


A woman with brown hair tied behind her head.
Joanna Parker

Set, Costume & Video Designer

A man with short hair.
Kevin Treacy

Lighting Designer

The Flying Dutchman

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