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(Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer). Sop. Daughter of the Norwegian seacaptain Daland. She is teased by her old nurse and the other women for her obsession with the portrait of a man which hangs on the wall. She recounts the story of the Dutchman who is doomed to sail the seas for ever unless he finds a faithful wife. Her father returns, bringing with him a stranger, whom she recognizes from the portrait to be the Dutchman. He wants to marry her and, determined to save him, she readily agrees. The hunter Erik, who is in love with her, tries to persuade her to marry him instead. Overhearing this conversation, the Dutchman presumes Senta to be unfaithful and himself to be doomed. He leaves. Senta follows him, jumping into the sea. As his ship sinks, Senta and the Dutchman are seen together rising above the waves. Aria: Johohoe! … Traft ich das Schiff im Meere an (‘Yoho! … Have you seen the ship upon the ocean’—Senta's Ballad). Created (1843) by Wilhelmina Schröder‐Devrient.

Subjects: Opera.

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