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(Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer). Bar. Long, long ago, the Dutchman tried to sail round the Cape of Good Hope in a furious storm and swore an oath that he would succeed even if it meant sailing for ever. Overhearing this, the Devil condemned him to sail for ever—only if he found a woman who would be faithful to him for life would he be released. Every seven years he is allowed to go on land to search for such a woman. It is the end of seven years and he sails into the Norwegian coast, alongside Daland's ship. The two men meet and he asks permission to meet and marry Daland's daughter, Senta. In return, he offers Daland great wealth. Daland takes him home to meet Senta, who recognizes him from the portrait which hangs on the wall in their house. The two are immediately attracted to each other, but the Dutchman overhears Erik declaring his love for Senta and assumes she has been unfaithful to him. Thinking himself doomed to sail the seas for the next seven years, he leaves. Senta leaps into the sea in an attempt to follow him. His ship slowly sinks and the two of them are seen rising together above the vessel. Arias: Die frist ist um (‘The time is up’); Durch Sturm und bösen Wind verschlagen (‘Driven on through storms and violent winds’); duet (with Senta): Wie aus der ferne längst vergang'ner Zeiten (‘As from the distance of time long ago’). Created (1843) by Michael Wächter (whose wife created Senta's nurse, Mary).

Subjects: Opera.

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