"The Flying Dutchman"

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In a Nutshell

A father strikes an unholy bargain when his ship dashes against a mysterious vessel helmed by an even more mysterious captain

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The Deal

  • $39 for one ticket to see The Flying Dutchman (up to $63 value)
  • Where: Hawaii Opera Theatre
  • Seating: section C of the orchestra or balcony
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees

Dates and Times

  • Friday, February 13, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 17, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Flying Dutchman

Myths about ghost ships are almost as old as sailing itself, and far older than specter-detecting monoscopes. But despite the abundance of scary stories on the high seas, one phantom cruiser stands mast-and-crows-nest above the rest: the Flying Dutchman. In Wagner’s chilling opera, a fateful encounter with the haunted vessel changes the life of Captain Daland forever. When his ship dashes against a mysterious craft that appeared seemingly out of nowhere, the pale man at the other helm makes him an intriguing offer. In exchange for a treasure chest brimming with valuables, the man desires the hand of Daland’s unwed daughter. A better sailor than he is a father, Daland accepts, much to his subsequent remorse.

Raised from the depths by Glimmerglass Opera, this production—sung in German with English lyrics projected above the stage—injects a modern sensuality into the salt-sprayed ghost story. Called an “ideal fit” for the role by Opera News, bass-baritone Ryan McKinny glowers in an open leather jacket and a full chest tattoo as the soul-hungry spirit. His nemesis/business partner is played by the slighter Paul Whelan, who Michael Gilchrist of the Theatre Review hails as “a strong and secure Daland . . . [whose] restraint shows up some strange ambiguities in this paternal role.” Rounding out the cast as Daland’s daughter, Senta, is Melody Moore, last seen on the Hawaii Opera Theatre stage as Marguerite in 2011’s Faust.

Hawaii Opera Theatre

Hawaii Opera Theatre was established in 1960, but the islands' connection to opera dates back nearly a century earlier. In the 1850s, Queen Emma was said to have sung Verdi, while her husband King Kamehameha IV acted as a stage manager. More recently, Queen Liliuokalani may have composed an opera herself. Today, the nonprofit Hawaii Opera Theatre continues this rich musical tradition as the only professional opera company on the islands. Its productions—which have included La Bohéme, Romeo & Juliet, and Aida—feature local singers alongside international stars who have performed at major opera houses and in front of their own framed portraits of Pavarotti.

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