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Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) at San Carlo Opera House

 

The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) is an opera, with music and libretto by Richard Wagner.

Wagner claimed in his 1870 autobiography Mein Leben that he had been inspired to write The Flying Dutchman following a stormy sea crossing he made from Riga to London in July and August 1839. In his 1843 Autobiographical Sketch Wagner acknowledged he had taken the story from Heinrch Heine's retelling of the legend in his 1833 satirical novel The Memoirs of Mister von Schnabelewopski (Aus den Memoiren des Herrn von Schnabelewopski). The central theme is redemption through love.

Wagner conducted the premiere at the Semper Oper in Dresden in 1843. This work shows early attempts at operatic styles that would characterise his later music dramas. In Der fliegende Holländer Wagner uses a number of leitmotifs (literally, "leading motifs") associated with the characters and themes. The leitmotifs are all introduced in the overture, which begins with a well-known ocean or storm motif before moving into the Dutchman and Senta motifs.


Where: San Carlo Opera House

info: www.teatrosancarlo.it


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