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The Flying Dutchman


The Flying Dutchman

Playing period

10 - 16. March



Playing time

2 h 50 m


150 - 750 kr

«En tolkning som virkelig flyr over bakken»
«En flott, blendende og fargemessig spektakulær forestilling»
«Vokalt sett en Wagner-opera helt i toppklassen»

- NRK Spillerom ved Eystein Sandvik

In this production the conflict between good and bad, light and darkness, is a reflection of a tormented and imprisoned soul whose free spirit has been confiscated. The Dutchman is damned, condemned to sail forever, yet his greatest desire is to be released from the hideous prison of his doomed vessel and to return to a life on land.

Reinterpreted by poet Heinrich Heine, the libretto expresses the tragic nature of the romantic spirit. The opera is full of symbolism: its central theme is redemption through a woman’s love. In young Senta’s pledge of faith, the sea captain recognizes his salvation. For her part, Senta succumbs to a destiny with the nameless spectre.

The critically acclaimed Norwegian Wagner soprano, Elisabeth Teige, and Iain Paterson, internationally renowned Scottish bass-baritone, lead the drama as Senta and the Dutchman.

Director John Ramster and designer Bridget Kimak have a reputation for vivid, heart-stopping productions which truly tell the opera’s story. Expect drama, colour and surprises.

The voyage through the Norwegian skerries made a wonderful impression on my imagination. The legend of the Flying Dutchman, as I also heard it from the seamen's mouths, took on a distinctive, strange colouring, that only my sea adventures could have given it.
– Richard Wagner (1843)

Introduction to the opera one hour before the start of the performance, in the foyer.

A new production by Bergen National Opera
Presented by Bergen National Opera and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
First staged in Dresden on 2nd January 1843

Richard Wagner / Music and libretto
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edvard Grieg Kor with guests


"From here begins my career as poet, and my farewell to the mere concoctor of opera-texts." - Wagner

Note: This is a new production from Bergen National Opera, which replaces the co-production announced in our season program 2017/18. Bergen National Opera has in recent years produced opera here in Bergen to top national and international acclaim. We are looking forward to producing The Flying Dutchman, adapted to our venue, Grieghallen, and presented in collaboration with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Please contact for more information and questions regarding tickets for this performance.

Related news

Programfoto Skodde Nett

Great review in Opera Now

Bergen National Opera's new production of The Flying Dutchman gets 4 (out of 5) stars in the international opera magazine. Read excerpts here.

Gimle Rehearsals 090218 4

Director's diary: First week in Bergen

Big questions of philosophy arise when interpreting the characters in The flying Dutchman during the first week of rehearsals. What is the best way of living one's life, what is a life well spent? Find out more in the director's diary.

Team BNO strikker gensere til forestillingen

Knit your own opera

A gentle rhythmic clicking floats from the doors as though some dreamy animal is tapping its teeth. Sailors need jumpers, and the BNO staff knitters are hard at work.

John Ramster New Nett

Director's Diary

John Ramster, director of The Flying Dutchman, writes about the process of making an opera.

Selected dates

10/03 Saturday 18.00
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12/03 Monday 19.00
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14/03 Wednesday 19.00
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16/03 Friday 19.00
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