The Flying Dutchman is condemned to sail the seas on his ghostly ship for ever. Only once every seven years can he come ashore to seek redemption in the form of an eternally faithful woman.
Wagner was inspired to write this macabre, uncanny opera after enduring a terrible storm while crossing the North Sea in 1838. With its depiction of the Dutchman’s tormented soul and the satanic turbulence of the ocean, the score is an extraordinary combination of operatic lyricism, dramatic insight and magnificent effects. It clearly foreshadows the composer’s later technique.
François Girard, whose mesmerising staging of Parsifal recently wowed Met audiences, directs the composer’s eerie early masterwork. Bryn Terfel stars as the Dutchman and Anja Kampe, in her Met debut, is the devoted Senta.