Johan Reuter Leads Canadian Opera Company’s ‘The Flying Dutchman’

By Francisco Salazar

The Canadian Opera Company is set to open its new season with Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman.”

The opera, which will be performed at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, will be directed by Marilyn Gronsdal, taking on the original vision from American director Christopher Alden.

COC Music Director Johannes Debus will lead the opera and said, “I was originally supposed to conduct this in 2020, marking my tenth anniversary with the COC. Of course, because of the pandemic, we’re celebrating a full two years later! But it’s remarkable to think of the journey we’ve all been through and exciting to bring this opera about a famously epic journey back to our audiences. It’s been a true joy exploring opera as COC Music Director and I look forward to seeing where we go next.”

Danish baritone Johan Reuter will take on the title role alongside American soprano Marjorie Owens as Senta, German bass Franz-Josef Selig, American tenor Miles Mykkanen, British tenor Christopher Ventris and mezzo-soprano Rosie Aldridge.

“The Flying Dutchman” will be performed seven times on Oct. 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 21, and 23, 2022.