Opera Colorado to Present ‘The Flying Dutchman’

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Colorado is set to present Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

The opera will be presented between Feb. 24 and March 3, 2024, and it will mark the first time in 15 years since Wagner has been heard at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

“The Flying Dutchman” will feature brand-new sets from EMMY-nominated designer Alan E. Muraoka and direction from Kathleen Smith Belcher.

The production will star Icelandic baritone Olafur Sigurdarson, soprano Marcy Stonikas, tenor Chad Shelton, and bass Harold Wilson. Ari Pelto will conduct.

In a statement, Ellie Caulkins General & Artistic Director Greg Carpenter said, “We are tremendously excited to bring the music of Richard Wagner to the Ellie for the first time in a fully staged production in fifteen years. This new production of a classic nautical tale, brought to life by designer Alan E. Muraoka and director Kathleen Smith Belcher, will be an exhilarating grand opera experience for long-time fans of opera and newcomers alike. Wagner’s masterpiece is a timeless tale of undying loyalty, haunting curses, and the power of redemption. I am thrilled to present this operatic gem to our audiences.”