The Flying Dutchman – Leading Wagnerian Singers Come to AZ to Perform Legend of the Ghost Ship

MEDIA CONTACT:  Laura Schairer  480-797-3111


Production Celebrates 200th Birthday of Richard Wagner


Phoenix:  Nov 15 – 17 in Symphony Hall

Tucson:  Nov 23 & 24 in Tucson Music Hall


(Phoenix) Arizona Opera brings the monumental opera, The Flying Dutchman to the stage in November, with lead cast members hailing from the top opera houses of the world. Mark Delavan, considered the foremost baritone interpreter of Wagner on the scene today, takes the role of the Dutchman, following his recent appearance as Wotan with New York’s famed Metropolitan Opera.  He is joined on stage by dramatic soprano Lori Phillips as Senta and bass Raymond Aceto as her father, Captain Daland.  All three artists have appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in lead roles for The Ring Cycle, considered the most challenging of Richard Wagner’s compositions.


The Flying Dutchman, composed in the earlier stages of Wagner’s career is known for its theatricality, displaying hints of the orchestral genius that evolved throughout his lifetime. 2013 is the 200th Anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth, and Arizona Opera joins companies around the world in celebrating his life through performances. The Flying Dutchman is based on the legend of a Dutch sea captain condemned by the devil to roam the ocean. Once every seven years the Dutchman comes ashore to search for the woman who will be his only salvation.


Arizona Opera’s production of The Flying Dutchman features the full orchestra on stage along with large-scale multi-media projections of nautical imagery including intricate drawings from the French artist Gustave Doré.  The stage will be extended over the orchestra pit, enabling the Dutchman and other performers to be in close proximity to the audience for dramatic effect.  The Flying Dutchman will be directed by Bernard Uzan, with conductor Joseph Rescigno leading the orchestra.  Cory Bix (Erik), Christian Rheinert (Steersman) and Beth Lytwynec (Mary) round out the cast.


Performances of The Flying Dutchman are 

November 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm and November 17 at 2:00 pm
Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St

November 23 at 7:30 and November 24 at 2:00 pm
Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church St.  


Tickets start at $25 and are on sale at or at 602-266-7464 (Phx)/(520) 293-4336 (Tuc).



voiceLab at the MIM

Ryan McKinny in Concert

November 3 at 2:00 pm

Musical Instrument Museum – 4725 E. Mayo Blvd, Scottsdale

Tickets:  $15, $22.50, $30

Dashing bass-baritone McKinny and director of Wolf Trap Opera Witman at the piano will present a musical exploration that captures the spirit of VoiceLab—shuffling works that honor the 200th birthday year of Verdi and Wagner. This concert combines their own works and those they influenced directly with popular songs from Pink Martini and Johnny Cash. McKinny appears hot off the heels of big debuts at the Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival.



November 9 at 6:30
Arizona Opera Center 1636 N. Central Ave, Phoenix
Tickets:  $25 per person

Enjoy a glass of wine and discuss details of a main stage opera with General Director Ryan Taylor. Guests are invited “behind the scenes” to view a portion of the opera’s final rehearsal at Arizona Opera Center. Registration is required.



Mark Delavan, (Dutchman)

A singer of “incisive vocal power and fierce theatrical acuity”, Mark Delavan is sought after throughout the United States and Europe for the most demanding roles in his repertoire. He regularly appears in the title roles of Der Fliegende Holländer, Falstaff and Rigoletto, and as Iago in Otello, In the summer of 2011, Mr. Delavan completed his first performances as Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen for San Francisco Opera’s new production by Francesca Zambello. The San Francisco Examiner said, “A great new Wotan has arrived. Mark Delavan is both majestic and heartbreakingly human. His acting, diction and warm, broad voice impress throughout. When he stumbles under the weight of his sorrow, when he spits out words of anger, Delavan joins the historic line of Wotans to remember.”


Lori Phillips (Senta)

Soprano Lori Phillips is widely acknowledged as possessing one of the most exciting and expressive dramatic voices in opera. In 2010, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer which was broadcast live on Sirius Satellite Radio. Also in 2010, Ms. Phillips made her role debut as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre with Hawaii Opera Theater. Opera News praised, “Soprano Lori Phillips was a terrific Brünnhilde: her voice started out in excellent form and kept getting better, her clarion upper register sending chills down one’s spine.” In 2013 she performs Senta in Der fliegender Holländer with Michigan Opera Theater and Arizona Opera and covers Brünnhilde in The Ring Cycle at both the Metropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera.


Raymond Aceto (Captain Daland)

American bass Raymond Aceto has established an important presence among the world’s leading opera companies and symphony orchestras. His performances continue to gather both popular and critical acclaim. Mr. Aceto is well-known at leading opera houses around the world appearing frequently with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and the Houston Grand Opera.

Mr. Aceto has appeared consistently with Dallas Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, L’Opéra de Montréal and the Santa Fe Opera. He has also appeared in leading roles with the opera companies of Seattle, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Boston, Colorado, and Cleveland as well as the opera festivals in St. Louis and Spoleto (USA)


About Arizona Opera

Arizona Opera is Arizona’s only professional opera company, which produces fully-staged opera performances, concerts, in-school touring productions, educational and outreach programs that reach over 70,000 school-children and adults annually. Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera is one of the only opera companies in the United States to serve multiple cities.