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Der Fliegende Holländer

Revel in an exquisite presentation of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, a tragic tale of love, fate, and greed!

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why you should watch der fliegende holländer

A prolific composer, theatre director, and conductor, Richard Wagner needs no introduction. His ingenious use of chromaticism and leitmotifs inspired several operatic pieces of the 20th century. Filled to the brim with moving melodies, rich use of chords, and complex orchestration, Der Fliegende Holländer is one of the conductor’s earliest masterpieces. It opened at the Court Opera in Dresden in 1843 and continues to be amongst the most frequently performed operas in the world. This opera effortlessly flits between the ordinary and the supernatural in an effortless manner, creating a unique spectral feel throughout the show.

The 2020 MET rendition is an all-new production by François Girard, the man who set the bar for Wagner stagings at the MET Opera with his wonderful take on Parsifal in 2013.

The Story

Set in the icy waters off the coast of Norway, the Flying Dutchman is an eerie 19th-century tale of tragic love. Here is where a steersman named Daland, who is left in charge of the watch, has his fate tied with the otherworld. He happens to make contact with the captain of a phantom ship. The captain climbs aboard, introduces himself as a Dutchman, and begins to recount the woebegone story of his curse. He tells him how he is doomed to forever sail the seas and is allowed to leave his ship only once every seven years to find a wife. If his wife is faithful to him, then the curse upon him would be lifted. The young steersman is offered gold and riches by the Dutchman, who also asks for Daland’s daughter’s hand in marriage. Find out what happens in this supernatural love-story that keeps you on the edge of your seat with every scene.

Good For

Fans of Wagner’s Operas | History Buffs | Fans of Sir Bryn Terfel

Critics Review

“The momentum was irresistible.” - Observer

“Compelling intensity amid Wagner’s storm.” - The Guardian

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Show Details

Opening: 2 Mar, 2020
End: 27 Mar, 2020

Show Timings

2, 6, 10, 18, 21 Mar 8 PM
14 Mar 1 PM
24, 27 Mar 7:30 PM

2hrs 90min, no intermission

Conductor - Valery Gergiev
Anja Kampe as Senta
Mihoko Fujimura as Mary
Sergey Skorokhodov as Erik
David Portillo and Alok Kumar as Steuermann
Sir Bryn Terfel as Hollander
Franz-Josef Selig as Daland

Production By
François Girard

Set Designer
John Macfarlane

Carolyn Choa

Additional Information

Photography and recording devices are strictly prohibited during the performance.

Recommended for teens and adults

Wheelchair Accessible
In-House Bar
Coat Check

The MET Opera has a seating capacity of 3,800

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Theater Address

Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, USA

Getting There

  • By Subway: Get off at 66 St - Lincoln Center Subway Station using lines 1 or 2. The Metropolitan Opera House is just a 5-minute walk from here.
  • By Bus: Get off at Broadway/W 64 St using buses M5 or M7 or at Broadway/W 63 St using bus M104. The theatre is located across the street to the left. Alternatively, get off at Amsterdam Ave/W 62 St using bus M11. The theatre is located on the right.


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