The Flying Dutchman

September 23. 2023 - October 07. 2023

Upcoming Dates

September 23. 2023 - October 07. 2023

New-to-Chicago production The Flying Dutchman

Richard Wagner

The first opera that revealed Wagner’s genius, The Flying Dutchman is the story of a young woman’s obsession. Senta dreams of the Dutchman, who’s cursed to wander the earth. He comes ashore every seven years, searching for a woman who will be faithful to him until death. When she meets him, Senta’s fate is sealed. This new-to-Chicago production at Lyric Opera of Chicago will bring to life some of the composer’s most magnificent and emotional music, including thrilling, spectacular choruses. Leading an outstanding cast are Tomasz Konieczny (previously the title role in Lyric’s spellbinding Wozzeck) and Tamara Wilson (the radiant heroine of Il trovatore and Ernani), in Christopher Alden’s electrifying production, with Music Director Enrique Mazzola conducting his first Wagner at Lyric.

  • Language: Sung in German with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes; performed without intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Lyric’s production of The Flying Dutchman is generously made possible by an Anonymous DonorJosef & Margot Lakonishok, and Bulley & Andrews.

Maestro Enrique Mazzola is generously sponsored by Alice & John Butler, H. Gael Neeson, Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel, and the Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation as members of the Enrique Circle.

Audience programs

Lewis Achenbach

Twisting the Wheel: A visual art display

Twisting the Wheel: A visual art display

Lyric is excited to partner with renowned, Chicago-based visual artist Lewis Achenbach, known for his artistic practice of capturing music through visual art. Achenbach created live sketches in real-time during the rehearsal process of The Flying Dutchman at Lyric. This series will then be on display in the first floor lobby of the Lyric Opera House throughout the run of the opera, and will give a vibrant, new perspective on the music, the artists, and the opera.

Pre-opera talk

Speaker: Elinor Olin

Join us in the Ardis Krainik Theatre one hour before your opera performance begins for a free, 30-minute preview talk discussing that day’s production.

Seating is unreserved, but a ticket for that day’s performance is required. Talks begin one hour before each performance and doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the talks.

Pre-opera talks are supported by Raynette and Ned Boshell.

A recorded version of the Pre-opera talk is available below. 

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The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.



* Lyric debut
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble

Program book

Go inside this production of The Flying Dutchman with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.

Download program book 

Production of Canadian Opera Company.

Header image: Michael Cooper/Canadian Opera Company