Richard Wagner

Der Fliegende Holländer


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The March 14 Live in HD transmission of Der Fliegende Hollander has been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the recommendations of our city, state, and federal elected officials. Ticket refund policies vary by cinema. If you have pre-purchased tickets for this Live in HD,  please contact your cinema directly for more information. Click here to learn more.

François Girard, whose revelatory 2013 take on Parsifal set the recent Met standard for Wagner stagings, now unveils a spellbinding new vision of the composer's tale of a cursed sea captain doomed to sail the open ocean for eternity—live in cinemas March 14. With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. Valery Gergiev conducts a brilliant cast led by bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin as the Dutchman, with German soprano Anja Kampe making her anticipated Met debut as the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks. Bass Franz-Josef Selig is her father, Daland, and tenor Sergey Skorokhodov is her deserted former lover, Erik. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; L’Opéra de Québec; and Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

Production a gift of Veronica Atkins


Languages sung in Der Fliegende Holländer

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Timeline for the show, Der Fliegende Holländer

Estimated Run Time

2 hrs 25 mins


  • ACTS I, II, & III

    145 mins

  • Opera Ends

Der Fliegende Holländer

World premiere: Dresden, Court Opera, 1843. Der Fliegende Holländer is the earliest of Wagner’s operatic creations to remain in the repertory. The two lead roles represent archetypes to which the composer would return, in one form or another, in most of his later works: the “otherworldly stranger” and the woman who sacrifices herself for his salvation. The work’s unearthly ambience is impressive but only one aspect of it: Both the world of nature and of the supernatural are magnificently evoked in the score.


Richard Wagner (1813–1883) was the controversial creator of music-drama masterpieces that stand at the center of today’s operatic repertory. An artistic revolutionary who reimagined every supposition about theater, Wagner insisted that words and music were equals in his works. This approach led to the idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or “total work of art,” combining music, poetry, architecture, painting, and other disciplines, a notion that has had an impact on creative fields far beyond opera.


François Girard


John Macfarlane


Moritz Junge


David Finn


Peter Flaherty


Carolyn Choa


Serge Lamothe

Headshot of Richard Wagner


Richard Wagner



Der Fliegende Holländer

The opera is set on the Norwegian coast. The time of the action is not specified in the score.

Der Fliegende Holländer


The score of Der Fliegende Holländer is an extraordinary combination of operatic lyricism, dramatic insight, and magnificent effects. At the time it was written, Wagner had not yet developed his theories of music-drama, which would form the basis for his later works. Many of the features of conventional opera (recitatives, arias, ensembles), therefore, can still be found, but the way Wagner integrates them into the fabric of the score clearly foreshadows his later technique of a continuous musical flow.