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Der Fliegende Holländer
Educator Guide (Spanish)
Classroom Activity: Senta of Attention

Der Fliegende Holländer

Story & Setting:

Wagner adapted this famous legend of the ghostly ship captain from Heinrich Heine's 1833 satirical novel, The Memoirs of Herr von Schnabelewopski. In the Met's newest production, director François Girard and set designer John Macfarlane transform the performance itself into a painting that will captivate the audience just as the Dutchman’s portrait captivates the heroine Senta.

Opera Notes:

Wagner was inspired to write this opera following a stormy sea journey he made from Rigato Longon in 1839. His original idea for the opera was sold to the Paris Opera, only to be given to another composer, so the frustrated Wagner returned to Dresden with the goal of writing his own version of the piece. It premiered in 1843 with the composer himself conducting. Wagner wrote to friend Franz Liszt about the importance of matching the set design and singers' gestures with the music and poetry of the work. This is an early glimpse into his concept for "Gesamkunstwerk," or a total work of art, that would be an influential style for decades to come, and his use of leitmotif is apparent in the score.

Sung in



2 hours & 30 minutes

Richard Wagner (1813-1883)


Excerpts (Evgeny Nikitin & Anja Kampe)

Met Opera (current production)

Overture (Yannick Nézet-Séguin &the Met Orchestra)

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