The Flying Dutchman in rehearsal at St James Theatre

I was commissioned by the New Zealand Opera to come along to The Flying Dutchman rehearsal at the St James theatre capturing the creative team, cast and crew getting ready for opening night in Wellington on 14 September.

The Flying Dutchman, a cursed sea captain, sails his phantom ship across the world’s oceans. Only true love can save him and every seven years he is allowed one night to venture ashore in search of the right bride. The Flying Dutchman was only Wagner’s second opera to be successfully staged but its brooding tension, boundless energy and haunting melodies ensure it is still a firm favourite today.