Storms And Salvation: 'The Flying Dutchman'

Hear An Introduction To 'The Flying Dutchman'

Domingo on 'Dutchman'

Placido Domingo, the Washington National Opera's general director, hears a bit of passionate, Italian verismo in Wagner's opera, right from the start of its famous overture.

The Hit Single

The most familiar excerpt from The Flying Dutchman is probably its tempestuous Overture, a sort of tone poem that tells the opera's complete story, in music alone, before the action even begins.

Overture (Bayreuth Fest. Orch. Woldemar Nelsson, cond.)