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Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer



An opera handbook on one of Richard Wagner’s most popular operatic masterpieces.

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Edited by Thomas Grey


Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) is universally acknowledged as Richard Wagner’s first truly significant, original work. It is the earliest of Wagner’s operatic masterpieces to have secured a permanent place in the international repertoire and the composer himself regarded it as a major turning point in his artistic career. This handbook brings together five leading specialists to provide an in-depth account of the origins, style, and performance history of Der Fliegende Holländer. Designed for scholars, performers and the opera-going public alike, the book reflects on the biographical impulses behind the opera’s conception and considers how Wagner drew on German Romantic tradition whilst also anticipating the revolutionary aims of ‘music drama’. The opera’s literary sources and production history are examined and there is a detailed survey of how generations of performers have interpreted the musical score. Rare pictures from important and influential productions complete this invaluable guide.


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13 b/w illus. 6 music examples



  • 1. The return of the prodigal son: Richard Wagner and Der Fliegende Holländer Thomas Grey
  • 2. The sources and genesis of text Barry Millington
  • 3. Text, action, and music in Der Fliegende Holländer Thomas Grey
  • 4. Romantic opera as dramatic ballad: Der Fliegende Holländer and its generic contexts Thomas Grey
  • 5. Landfall on stage: a brief production history Patrick Carnegy
  • 6. Performance history David Breckbill
  • 7. Canonising the Dutchman: Bayreuth, Wagnerism, and Der Fliegende Holländer Stephen McClatchie.

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