from Act I of the German opera Der Fliegende Holländer
by Richard Wagner
Libretto: Richard Wagner
Role: The Dutchman
, a man destined to sail the seas forever
Voice Part: baritone Fach: dramatic baritone
Setting: A ship docked in a fjord during a storm, the coast of Norway, 18th century
Synopsis: The Dutchman has been condemned to sail the seas forever with his only respite coming every seven years. The seven years have at last passed again and the Dutchman is to go on land again. The only thing he truly wants, though, is death but he is not allowed to die.