Der fliegende Holländer

Opera

Writers: Richard Wagner Heinrich Heine

Context

The Flying Dutchman is considered the first of Richard Wagner’s operas in which his essential musical style emerges. It is the first time that Wagner uses the Leitmotiv technique; something that became one of the defining characteristics of his compositions, and a technique that he would greatly develop throughout the rest of his career. The folk legend of The Flying Dutchman has been a favorite story of writers and composers for centuries. Wagner adapted his opera from the work The Memoirs of Mister von Schnabelewopski by Heinrich Heine, who, in turn, had taken his drama from an English

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