"Die Frist ist um," the Dutchman's opening monologue from Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman). This is one of my favorite pieces of opera in existence. Listen to it, if you haven't.

Thanks to my many excellent friends who discussed aspects of the translation with me. Any remaining mistakes and infelicities are entirely mine.

Nowhere a grave! Never death! This is damnation's terrible decree. )
Here is Act II, Scene 2 from Wagner's opera Lohengrin. The characters in this scene are the cunning sorceress Ortrud, the pure and naive maiden Elsa, and Ortrud's brave but easily manipulated husband Friedrich. Not appearing in this scene is Elsa's beloved, the mysterious knight Lohengrin, who has agreed to marry her on condition that she never ask his name and origin.

Let me teach you how sweet is the joy of purest constancy! )


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