Dutch sailor, doomed by the devil to forever roam the seas. He will only find his peace at the end of times or when he finds a woman, who is faithful to him unto death.
Norwegian captain. Father of Senta. He promises, in exchange for wealth, the hand of his daughter to the Dutchman.
Erik is a hunter, he is in love with Senta. He loses Senta to the Dutchman.
Daughter of Daland and fiancee of Erik. She is the woman, who redeems the Dutchman. She is faithful unto death.
Mary is Senta's nurse, she governs the household of Daland.