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Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast: Der Fliegende Holländer 

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 1:00 P.M. (ET)

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Erik (Stephen Gould) and Senta (Deborah Voigt) in Der Fliegende Holländer at the Metropolitan Opera
© Beth Bergman
The 2016–17 Metropolitan Opera broadcast season is sponsored 
by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®, with generous long-term 
support from The Annenberg Foundation, The Neubauer Family Foundation, 
The Vincent A. Stabile Endowment for Broadcast Media, 
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Der Fliegende Holländer  

Music by RICHARD WAGNER 
THE CAST  
(in order of vocal appearance)
Daland           bass, FRANZ-JOSEF SELIG  
Steersman  tenor, BEN BLISS 
Dutchman  baritone, MICHAEL VOLLE 
Mary  mezzo, DOLORA ZAJICK 
Senta  soprano, AMBER WAGNER  
Erik  tenor, AJ GLUECKERT 
 
Conducted by YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
The Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Production: August Everding
Set designer: Hans SchavernochCostume designer: Lore HaasLighting designer: Gil Wechsler
Stage director: Stephen Pickover
Chorus master: Donald PalumboMusical preparation: Donna Racik, John Keenan, Howard Watkins, Carol IsaacAssistant stage director: Peter McClintock
Stage band conductor: Jeffrey Goldberg
Prompter: Donna Racik
German coach: Irene Spiegelman

Production a gift of the Lila Acheson and
DeWitt Wallace Fund for Lincoln Center, established by the founders of
The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.,
and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L. Tedlow
 
THE CAST  
Timings (ET)
ACT I   Aboard Daland’s ship  1:00– 
ACT II  A room in Daland’s house   
ACT III    Coast near Daland’s house  3:35– 
 
Host: Mary Jo Heath
Commentator: Ira Siff
Music producer: Jay David Saks
Producers: Ellen Keel, John Bischoff,
William Berger

Executive producers: Mia Bongiovanni, Elena Park
 

ACT I. The Norwegian coast, 19th century. A storm has driven Daland’s ship several miles from his home. Sending his crew off to rest, he leaves the watch in charge of a young steersman, who falls asleep as he sings about his girl. A ghostly schooner drops anchor next to Daland’s ship. Its captain steps ashore and, with increasing despair, reflects on his fate: once every seven years he may leave 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,” tells him of his plight. The Dutchman offers gold and jewels for a night’s lodging, and when he learns that Daland has a daughter, asks for her hand in marriage. Happy to have found a rich son-in-law, Daland agrees and sets sail for home.

ACT II. Daland’s daughter, Senta, is captivated by the portrait of a pale man in black—the Flying Dutchman. Her friends, working under the watchful eye of Mary, Senta’s nurse, tease Senta about her suitor, Erik, who is a hunter, not a sailor. When the superstitious Mary refuses to sing a ballad about the Dutchman, Senta sings it herself. The song reveals that the Dutchman’s curse was put on him for a blasphemous oath. To everyone’s horror, Senta suddenly declares that she will be the woman to save him. Erik enters with news of the sailors’ return. Alone with Senta, he reminds her of her father’s wish to find her a husband and asks her to plead his cause, but she remains distant. Realizing how much the Dutchman’s picture means to her, he tells her of a frightening dream in which he saw her embrace the Dutchman and sail away on his ship. Senta declares that this is what she must do, and Erik rushes off in despair. A moment later, the Dutchman enters. Senta stands transfixed. Daland follows and asks his daughter to welcome the stranger, whom he has brought to be her husband. Daland leaves, and the Dutchman, who is equally moved by the meeting, asks Senta if she will accept him. Unaware that she realizes who he is, he warns her of making a rash decision, but she vows to be faithful to him unto death. Daland is overjoyed to learn that his daughter has accepted the suitor.

ACT III. At the harbor, the villagers celebrate the sailors’ return. Baffled by the strange silence aboard the Dutchman’s ship, they call out to the crew, inviting them to join the festivities. Suddenly the ghostly sailors appear, mocking their captain’s quest in hollow chanting. The villagers flee in terror. Quiet returns and Senta appears, followed by the distressed Erik. He pleads with her not to marry the Dutchman since she has already pledged her love to him. The Dutchman, who has overheard them, lets go of all hope and boards his ship. When Senta tries to stop him, he explains she will escape damnation—the fate of those who betray him—only because she has not yet proclaimed her vows before God. He reveals his identity and Senta ecstatically replies that she knows who he is. As his ship pulls away, she throws herself into the sea, faithful unto death. spacer 

Information on the opera's background, setting, music, and program notes for this performance can be found at the Metropolitan Opera.

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