THE FLYING DUTCHMAN new English version by GLYN MAXWELL Opera Up Close UK Tour, June 28 – July 23

A new English version by Glyn Maxwell, orchestrated by Laura Bowler in association with Robin Wallington. Based on an original concept by Lucy Bradley.

OperaUpClose in partnership with Manchester Camerata, present Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman

Poet and novelist Glyn Maxwell’s English libretto and composer Laura Bowler’s 8-piece chamber orchestration combine in a fresh and radically rethought version of a classic. A haunting political tale exploring the psychology and realities of living on an island with hardening borders, The Flying Dutchman is a bold reimagination of this epic fable. 

Featuring recordings of community singing groups from across the UK alongside a cast of world-renowned opera singers and players, this is intensely powerful and involved musical storytelling bringing The Flying Dutchman to life as an urgent, contemporary tale for our times.


Wednesday 28 June (World Premiere) , Friday 30 June & Saturday 1 July
Turner Sims, Southampton 
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Tuesday 4 July & Wednesday 5 July 
SS Great Britain, Bristol 
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Friday 7 July & Saturday 8 July 
Pavillion Theatre, Worthing
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Wednesday 12 July
Grand Junction, London 
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Thursday 13 July  
Grand Junction, London Book Here
 Friday 14 July 
Grand Junction, London 
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Tuesday 18 July & Wednesday 19 July
 Trinity Market, Hull
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Saturday 22 July & Sunday 23 July
 Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
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