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The Flying Dutchman

Richard Wagner


The Flying Dutchman


(Der Fliegende Holländer)
Opera in three acts

Music and libretto: Richard Wagner
Premiere: Dresden, 1843

Running time: About 2.5 hrs
Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage.

The Norwegian coast is the setting for this stormy saga of an ancient sea captain condemned to sail his phantom ship throughout eternity, unless he finds a faithful wife to release the curse. The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) is regarded as the start of the mature Wagner canon.