The legend of the ghostly ship and its Flying Dutchman condemned to wander the oceans forever has fascinated opera lovers for hundreds of years, and now locals can delve into this intriguing story during a special event at the Crowell Public Library next month.
Community Educator, Bob Emirhanian, will discuss the history of the Flying Dutchman legend, a look at Wagner the man, and a summary of the Flying Dutchman opera.
This introduction to opera at the library will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. This event is part of the L.A. Opera Talk series, and it is free and open to the public.
Story of the Flying Dutchman
A raging storm has forced a Norwegian captain, Daland, to seek shelter for his ship and crew in a cove, which he realizes is only seven miles from his home port. An eerie black-masted ship comes into view and anchors in the cove, and a ghostly crew furls blood-red sails. The captain comes ashore and sings of his cruel fate. He is the Flying Dutchman. Once every seven years, the captain may land somewhere to search for a woman who will love him faithfully, even unto death.
Learn about the enthralling score which powers a thrilling journey into an unsettling, mythicworld where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his redemption.
Organizers hope that after hearing excerpts from this production during the Feb. 24 event, you’ll be inspired to make a trip to the Los Angeles Music Center for a live opera experience.
The Crowell Public Library is located at 1890 Huntington Dr. in San Marino,(626) 300-0777.