Great Performances at the Met: Der Fliegende Hollander

Great Performances at the Met: Der Fliegende Hollander

Sun, 07/05/2020 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Evgeny Nikitin stars as the cursed Dutchman, alongside Anja Kampe as Senta with Franz-Josef Selig as Daland and Sergey Skorokhodov as Erik. 

Director François Girard’s new production is set on the Norwegian coast during the 19th century. In Wagner’s eerie early masterpiece Der Fliegende Holländer, a storm has driven Captain Daland’s ship several miles from home. Daland sends his crew to rest and leaves a young steersman in charge, who then falls asleep. A ghostly schooner drops anchor next to Daland’s ship and its captain steps ashore to reflect on his fate. Once every seven years, he leaves his ship to find a wife. If she is faithful, she will redeem him from his deathless wandering. If not, he is condemned to sail the ocean until Judgment Day. Daland discovers the phantom ship and the stranger who introduces himself as “a Dutchman.” The Dutchman offers gold and jewels for a night’s lodging. When he learns that Daland has a daughter, he asks for her hand in marriage. Happy to have found a rich son-in-law, Daland agrees and sails home. Great Performances at the Met: Der Fliegende Hollander airs Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 1 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Valery Gergiev conducts.