Atlanta Opera Takes Cobb Energy To Sea With ‘Flying Dutchman’

The Atlanta Opera is staging a new production of Richard Wagner’s opera “The Flying Dutchman,” which opens this weekend.

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Ghost stories seem to provide inspiration for artists through the centuries. An ancient ghost story forms the basis for composer Richard Wagner’s opera “The Flying Dutchman.” The Atlanta Opera is staging a new production of the work, directed by their general & artistic director Tomer Zvulun.

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In the story, a ghost captain, the Dutchman, is cursed to roam the seas without rest.

Every seven years he may return to shore and if he can find a wife he will be released from his curse. He crosses paths with a sailor’s daughter who herself is trapped in an arranged marriage, but she finds herself obsessed with the Dutchman.

“And all this is accompanied by this great music that Wagner wrote,” Zvulun tells City Lights host Lois Reitzes.

The Opera is taking a new visual approach with this production featuring projections.

“The world that we’re going to create is really influenced by that music,” Zvulun says, “very dynamic, very inspired by multimedia and the idea of transforming the Cobb Energy Center into a storm at sea.”

The Atlanta Opera’s production of “The Flying Dutchman” opens Nov. 4 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and runs through Nov. 12.