Der fliegende Holländer

Opera

Writers: Richard Wagner Heinrich Heine

Overview

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Based On Book By
Libretto
Based on the Play/Book/Film
The Memoirs of Mister von Schnabelewopski by Heinrich Heine
Category
Opera
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1843
Genres
Settings
Fantasy/Imaginary
Time & Place
18th century, a norwegian fishing village
Cast Size
small
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
None
Ideal for
College/University, Professional Opera
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, late teen, young adult characters

Synopsis

The Flying Dutchman has been doomed to an eternity of wandering the seas. Once every seven years, he is able to leave the ship to search for a woman whose perfect love will redeem him. This time, when his seven years are up, he lands just outside a Norwegian village. He meets a man named Daland and, after giving him gold and jewels in exchange for a night’s lodging, he learns that Daland has a daughter. Could she be the perfect love that will relieve him of his plight? The Dutchman’s search has begun again; will this finally be the end of his misery? Wagner’s luscious orchestration and intense vocal music have been a favorite of opera goers for ages, and are the reason Der Fliegende Holländer is one of the most frequently performed operas every year.

Lead Characters