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Philharmonia Orchestra of New York
Season Premiere with Project Hand in Hand

March 22, 2017

Symphonic Storyboards: Jazz at Lincoln Center

Music & Video

Richard Wagner


The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman is characterized by its themes of immortality and loyalty. It tells the tale of a captain who is cursed to sail for eternity until someone pledges their love to him. After encountering a Norwegian Sea captain who recommends his daughter’s hand for marriage, the captain later discovers she already has a fiancé. Distraught and convinced he will be cursed forever, the Dutchman leaves the Norwegian coast. Upon the news of his return home, the sea captain’s daughter throws herself into the sea, her death bringing the Dutchman’s salvation. This overture showcases the early attempts at opera styles that would characterize Wagner’s later music dramas.


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