When: Thu., May 4, 8 p.m. and Sat., May 6, 8 p.m. 2017
The Flying Dutchman rises from the depths of the sea to invade Powell Hall. Not literally, but musically. Richard Wagner's opera closes out the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's current season. It's a melodic tale of the Dutchman, a sailor condemned to an eternity of ghostly wandering for the sin of blasphemy. Every seven years he's allowed to visit land for a short time; if he can find true love during his respite, he'll be freed from his curse. Fate throws into his path a ship bearing Senta, a woman fascinated by the legend of the Dutchman. The tale is a passionate one, with music as grand and vast as the sea itself. Bass-baritone Alan Held and soprano Marjorie Owens play the leads, and visual artist S. Katy Tucker provides the innovative lighting that fleshes out the story. The Flying Dutchman is performed at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday (May 4 and 6) at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; www.slso.org). Tickets are $25 to $111.