"The Flying Dutchman" or "Passions" at the Glimmerglass Festival 2013 on July 18–25 (Up to Half Off)

Alice Busch Opera Theater

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Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with this Groupon.

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Available Dates and Times

  • The Flying Dutchman on Thursday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Passions on Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m.
  • Passions on Tuesday, July 23, at 1:30 p.m.
  • Passions on Thursday, July 25, at 7:30 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–one of his shortest and most melodic–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.

Sung in German with English projections, Glimmerglass's The Flying Dutchman unfolds on an elaborate set of curved walls and seaworthy ropes. Salt seems to linger in the air as the heave-hoing overture starts up, and when the Dutchman introduces himself in a tar-black aria recounting his fate, he teaches all the visceral pain of an afterlife in exile.


Two meditations on loss and catharsis demonstrate how the human experience of the past echoes the human experience of today in Passions. The production begins with a new interpretation of David Lang's 2008 Pulitzer Prize–winner the little match girl passion. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's tragic fable, the tale follows the death and aftermath of an anonymous, impoverished young girl. A vocal quartet, with the artists doubling on percussion, brings the uncomfortably beautiful melodies to life, punctuating insistent repetitions with spoken word. Then comes the work of a more distant time: Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Composed in 1736 just weeks before the artist's untimely death at 26, Stabat Mater is scored for soprano and alto soloists and a small ensemble of violin, viola, cello, and organ. Adapted from a medieval poem, the work dwells on the suffering of Mary as she watches her son die on the cross, adding a new layer to a mother's pain.

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Redeem starting 7/14 for a ticket at venue Box Office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Alice Busch Opera Theater. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must reserve together to sit together. Discount reflects Glimmerglass Festival's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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