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Important years in Richard Wagner's life

1813 born in Leipzig
1834 Die Feen completed
1843 Holländer premiere
1845 Tannhäuser premiere
1850 Lohengrin premiere
1852 text of Rheingold and Walküre
1854 Das Rheingold completed
1856 Die Walküre completed
1859 Tristan completed
1865 Tristan premiere in Munich
1868 Meistersinger premiere
1869 Das Rheingold premiere
1870 Die Walküre premiere
1871 Siegfried completed
1874 Götterdämmerung completed
1876 First Festival in Bayreuth
1882 Parsifal premiere
1883 Wagner dies in Venice


Der fliegende Holländer

The first performance of Der fliegende Holländer was held in Königlich Sächsisches Hoftheater on 2 January 1843. The world premiere was conducted by Richard Wagner. The first production of Der fliegende Holländer ath the Bayreuth Festival was in 1901.

Simon Estes in the ground breaking production by Harry Kupfer in Bayreuth (1978-85). This production was filmed in 1985 and is available on DVD.

Der fliegende Holländer was produced in the following cities the first years after the world premiere in 1843

1843 Riga
1844 Berlin (well received by the public, but not revived before 1868)
1852 Zürich (conducted by Wagner)
1853 Weimar (Franz Liszt)
1901 Bayreuth: First production (see poster below)

cover kupfercover sawallisch


From a production at Washington National Opera


Stefan Herheim: Parsifal, Bayreuth 2012

Stefan Herheim: Parsifal, Bayreuth 2012

The Flying Dutchman

Jan Philipp Gloger's new Dutchman: Bayreuth 2012


Hans Neuenfels: Lohengrin, Bayreuth 2012

Poster from the first year Der fliegende Holländer was produced at Bayreuth

Holländer Puppets

The puppets used at the end of Bayreuth's 1901 production.

Famous quotes from Der fliegende Holländer


Die Frist ist um,
und abermals verstrichen sind sieben Jahr'.
Voll Überdruss wirft mich das Meer ans Land . . .
Ha, Stolzer Ozean!
In kurzer Frist sollst du mich wieder tragen!



Said about Der fliegende Holländer

Richard Wagner

The figure of the "Flying Dutchman" is a mythical creation of the Folk: a primal trait of human nature speaks out from it with heart-enthralling force. This trait, in its most universal meaning, is the longing after rest from amid the storms of life.
Richard Wagner in "A Communication to my Friends

Calixto Bieito

My interpretation of the Dutchman is very simple: It is the story of the Western European man today, who is losing his job in this kind of economic system we have today. He is depressive, thinking about where he can find loyalty, fidelity, solidarity - where he can find something true.
Calixto Bieito



Der fliegende Holländer in other languages

German title
Der fliegende Holländer
English title
The Flying Dutchman
French title
La Vaisseau Fantôme
Spanish title
El holandés errante
Danish title
Den flyvende hollænder
Norwegian title
Den flyvende hollender
Swedish title
Den flygande holländaren
Polish title
Latający Holender
Hungarian title
A bolygó hollandi
Dutch title
De Vliegende Hollander
Finnish title
Lentävä hollantilainen

Wagner operas in other languages


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