Der fliegende Holländer
A Dutch mariner challenged the devil to pass the Cape of Good Hope. He
succeeded but was cursed to sail forever, landing only once in seven
years. He and his crew could be saved only by a woman who would be
faithful to him until death. He has never found her. The opera opens in
Norway where the Dutchman is going to make one of his visits to land.
Senta, the daughter of a sailing captain, is obsessed with the story of
the Flying Dutchman. Her father, interested only in the Dutchman’s
wealth and not knowing his identity, agrees to give her to him. She is
ecstatic, as is the Dutchman, and the two pledge eternal love. Later,
the Dutchman hears her reject a suitor, Erik, who claims that she had
agreed to marry him. Disillusioned and fearing that Senta will treat him
as she apparently treated Erik, the Dutchman announces his departure.
Senta, faithful until death, plunges into the sea, and the Dutchman and
his crew are released from their torment.
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Der fligender Holländer,
1989 © Ron Scherl