Daland's fishing boat is caught in a storm. A second ship appears and its captain, a ghostly Dutchman, laments his fate: For an act of hubris he has been doomed to sail the sea eternally unless he can obtain the love of a faithful woman. Daland catches sight of the Dutchman's ship and agrees to provide shelter for him and his crew. When the Dutchman reveals that he possesses a considerable fortune, Daland offers his daughter's hand in marriage. The Dutchman agrees, hoping the girl, Senta, may be the one to lift his curse.
The village girls chatter as they await the sailors' return, but Senta is lost in her dreams of the legendary Flying Dutchman. The girls tease her, warning that her fiancé, Erik, will react violently to her fantasies. Senta, however, will not be distracted from her obsession; she declares it her mission to redeem the lonely sailor. When her father returns home with his ghostly guest, Senta and the Dutchman are transfixed by each other. She pledges to marry him.
The men of Daland's ship, together with the local girls, celebrate their ship's safe return. In vain, they attempt to rouse the crew of the Dutchman's ship to join them. Erik pulls Senta aside and pleads with her to reconsider her promise to the Dutchman, but she refuses. The Dutchman, overhearing only part of their conversation, believes she is unfaithful to him and, despairing, summons his crew to sail away. Senta, true to her word, follows him to her death.
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