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Directed by Marika Vapaavuori. The music by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Anja Bihlmaier.

Date 10.02.2023 18.30 - 25.02.2023 15.00

VenueTampere Hall, Main auditorium


Fri 10th February 2023 at 6.30 pm – Premiere
Sun 12th February 2023 at 3 pm
Wed 15th February 2023 at 6.30 pm
Sat 18th February 2023 at 3 pm
Wed 22nd February 2023 at 6.30 pm
Sat 25th February 2023 at 3 pm

Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman

Conductor Anja Bihlmaier
Director Marika Vapaavuori

Set design Marjatta Kuivasto
Costumes Leena Rintala
Light design Jussi Kamunen

Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Tampere Opera Choir, Choir Conductor Heikki Liimola


Tickets 104/89/68 €
Pensioners 96/84/63 €
Children (under 16 year old) and students 40 € 

Opera Buffet 37 €
Sold only for premiere 10th February and saturdays 18th February and 25th February

The Flying Dutchman opera performances were postponed to 2023. Purchased tickets are valid as is for the new corresponding performance date.

Transfer of performance dates from 2021 to 2023:
Premiere Fri 29.1.2021, tickets will be transferred to Fri 10.2.2023
Sun 31.1.2021 tickets will be transferred to Sun 12.2.2023
Wed 3.2.2021 tickets will be transferred to Wed 15.2.2023
Sat 6.2.2021 tickets will be transferred to Sat 18.2.2023
Wed 10.2.2021 tickets will be transferred to Wed 22.2.2023
Sat 13.2.201 tickets will be transferred to Sat 25.2.2023


Tampere Opera will produce Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman in 2023. Premiere is on 10th Feb 2023 and other performances are on from the 12th to the 25th of February 2023.

Wagner’s work is a debut opera production for the experienced theatre director Marika Vapaavuori. The music is played by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, led by German conductor Anja Bihlmaier. Set design is by Marjatta Kuivasto, costume design is by Leena Rintala and light design is by Jussi Kamunen.

The Tampere Opera Choir is trained by Choir Conductor Heikki Liimola.

“Wagner allures new and old audiences alike”

In her versatile career, director Marika Vapaavuori has had the opportunity to direct some of the great classics of theatre literature, as well as entertaining works of musical theatre. She loves great drama and strong stories, so she has always found Wagner’s powerful music particularly alluring.
Marika Vapaavuori is fond of the ambiguous nature of the story of The Flying Dutchman, a seafarer who is condemned to roam the world, and of love that is powerful enough in its fidelity to break the curse.

“The attraction of the work lies in the fact that one can always find new tones and subtleties in the story, whether one is a first-timer or an experienced opera enthusiast. The work is like the sea itself – constantly moving, alluring, in one moment carefree, and suddenly tempestuous and intimidating. But always breathtakingly beautiful and powerful.”

Marika Vapaavuori

The language of the opera is German. Subtitles in Finnish and English.

The duration is approx. 3 hours with one intermission.

Subject to change.

Production Tampere Hall

The Cast

The Dutchman – Tommi Hakala

Senta – Martina Welschenbach

Daland – Timo Riihonen (10.2. ja 18.2.) ja Matti Turunen (other performances)

Erik – Jussi Myllys

Mary – Tiina Penttinen

Steuerman – Joel Annmo


If your party includes 10 or more people you can ask for a group offer:
tel. 03 243 4501 (Mon to Fri from 10 am to 4 pm)

Courtyard by Marriott Tampere City, Visit Tampere Laura Vanzo
Kuva: Laura Vanzo, Visit Tampere

Complement your experience by staying under the same roof

The Courtyard Tampere City hotel, attached to Tampere Hall, offers the perfect experience. When you book accommodation for your visit through us, you get partner rates. The price includes breakfast and wifi. Welcome to enjoy yourself!

Photo: Laura Vanzo, Visit Tampere

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