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Opera Guide: Der fliegende Holländer

Der fliegende Holländer is the first of Wagner’s operas that the author considered to be representative of his mature style. The Dutchman embodies one of the major themes that recur throughout Wagner’s work, that of a central character seeking redemption from a loving woman. Originally taken from a story by Heinrich Heine, Wagner extended and enriched his musical and dramaturgical language to produce an opera of extraordinary power.

In this guide, John Warrack places the opera in the context of emerging German Romanticism, John Deathridge highlights and explores the musical riches of the score and William Vaughan reviews the importance of myth to Wagner and his contemporaries. Mike Ashman explains the particular way in which Wagner turned the Dutchman legend to his own purposes and Katherine Syer focuses on certain themes of the opera in relation to its performance history. Wagner's own programme note on the Overture and his instructions to performers are also included.

The present guide contains the full German libretto and English translation, thirty-one illustrations, a musical thematic guide, discography, bibliography, and DVD and website guides. It is intended to enrich and extend readers' appreciation and enjoyment of this exciting work by one of the world's greatest opera composers.

Overture Opera Guide
Composer: Richard Wagner
Opera: Der fliegende Holländer
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 179
Size: 13x19.5x1.5 cm