Lyric Opera "Flying Dutchman" preview by Patrick Neas"
It was a dark and stormy night. No, it really was. The spendthrift
Richard Wagner, who had been working as a conductor in Riga, Latvia,
was racking up debt and wanted to flee his creditors. So he and his
wife, Minna, snuck across the Prussian border and, without passports,
talked the captain of the ship Thetis into taking them to London.