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War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102
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Quotes & Highlights

“This was a Dutchman with a difference. Boldly staged and brilliantly performed, the new production…features two outstanding San Francisco Opera debuts in the principal roles [Nina Stemme as Senta and Juha Uusitalo as the Dutchman].” -Contra Costa Times


The Spark: Inspired by a Heinrich Heine poem and the idea of a heroine obsessed with saving the soul of an outcast, this 1842 opera signaled Wagner’s fascination with combining epic myths and dramatic music.

The Story: Doomed by a curse, the Dutchman comes ashore every seven years in search of redemption, which can only be achieved by finding true love. The idealist Senta desires to give her love and save the Dutchman’s soul. However, through a twist of fate, the Dutchman misinterprets her fixation and sets sail, leaving Senta to a tragic end.

The Stage: A phantom ship caught in a torrential swell of potent desires frames the power of one woman’s love to defy destiny. The Dallas Morning News remarked, “Raimund Bauer’s stark set, dramatically lit by Duane Schuler, strongly enhanced the drama, as did Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s simple but effective direction.”

The Score: Flautist turned bass-baritone sensation Juha Uusitalo will be performing with Swedish soprano Nina Stemme, who The New York Times said “sang beautifully, from contraltolike depths to ringing high C’s.”


The Dutchman Juha Uusitalo*

Senta Nina Stemme*

Erik Christopher Ventris

Daland Walter Fink*


Conductor Donald Runnicles /

Sara Jobin (12/1)

Director Nikolaus Lehnhoff

Set Designer Raimund Bauer

Costume Designer Andrea Schmidt-Futterer

Lighting Designer Duane Schuler

Choreographer Denni Sayers

Chorus Director Ian Robertson

Sound Designer Roger Gans

  • San Francisco Opera debut

Cast, programs and schedules are subject to change

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Performed in one act, no late seating

Sung in German with English Supertitles

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