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Know Before the Show

Arrive Early

Latecomers may not be seated. We suggest arriving at least 30-45 minutes prior to the performance, to ensure you have time to settle in.

The Flying Dutchman will be approximately 3 hours long including a 25 minute intermission.


Please ensure that you have your e-tickets ready to be scanned from your phone.

Pre-show Talks

Join us an hour before curtain time for Haunted by sea: A pre-show chat with UBC professor J. Patrick Raftery.

6:30PM (evening performances)
1:00PM (matinee performance)
On the Mezzanine

Join UBC professor J. Patrick Raftery as he introduces you to the haunting world of The Flying Dutchman and provides unique insights into Wagner’s massive musical constructions that challenge both singer and orchestra.

House Program

A paper programme, with artist biographies, a synopsis, analysis of the opera, and donor information will be available at the theatre. A digital programme, with more information and multimedia links, will be available online.

Theatre Tips

Parking is limited at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and there are multiple events taking place nearby at BC Place and Rogers Arena. Please arrive early. The theatre only accepts payment by debit or credit card.

Advisory for The Flying Dutchman

This performance contains flashes/strobe effects, haze + fog, violent scenes, and gunshots.

Share on Social

Please share your experience on social media. Be sure to tag @VancouverOpera on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Note, photography or video is not permitted during the performance please, but you’re welcome to photograph the curtain call.

Evening Performance Times

6:00 pm – Box Office opens
6:15 pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre doors open
6:30 pm – Free pre-show talk begins
7:30 pm – Performance begins

Matinee Performance Times

12:30 pm – Box Office opens
12:45 pm – Queen Elizabeth Theatre doors open
1:00 pm – Free pre-show talk begins
2:00 pm – Performance begins

Latecomers may not be seated until an appropriate interval, so please arrive early with your e-tickets. Please call the Ticket Centre at 604.683.0222 or email tickets@vancouveropera.ca if you have any questions.