The creative team behind the show. From left: Albert Tay, Darrell Ang, Glen Goei and Chong Tze Chien.
Wagner’s classic opera The Flying Dutchman will be getting its very first full staging here in Singapore this October! And if that wasn’t exciting enough, it will also receive a creative twist, in that it will move away from its classic Nordic setting to that of an Asian fishing village.
The idea was the shared brainchild of co-directors Chong Tze Chien (Finger Players) and Glen Goei (W!ld Rice), which assures a high-quality and well-directed production, given the various successes both W!ld Rice and The Finger Players have produced. In addition to the Asian fishing village setting, the re-imagined opera will also feature elements influenced by Southeast Asian shadow puppetry, notably Indonesia wayang kulit. The music remains unchanged, and will be directed by renowned conductor Darrell Ang and composer Albert Tay will be the chorus master.
The opera will be presented by Richard Wagner Association (Singapore) and co-produced by Richard Wagner Association (Singapore) and OperaViva Limited in association with The Finger Players. OperaViva have previously produced well-received works such as Indian epic Kannagi (2009/2014) and local, original production Fences (2012).
This year, The Flying Dutchman will feature four international leads with strong Wagnerian experience, who will perform respectively on 23, 25, 28 and 30 October, as well as four rising local leads, who will sing on 27 October at the Victoria Theatre.
Senta: Kathleen Parker (Australia)
The Dutchman: Oleksandr Pushniak (Ukraine)
Daland: Andreas Hörl (German)
Erik: Jakub Pustina (Czech)
Asian Cast (27 October):
Senta: Nancy Yuen (soprano)
The Dutchman: Martin Ng (baritone)
Daland: Julian Lo (bass)
Erik: Kee Loi Seng (tenor)
The following leads will perform for all performances:
Mary: Candice de Rozario (mezzo soprano)
Steersman: Melvin Tan OR Jonathan Tay (tenor)
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The Flying Dutchman plays at Victoria Theatre from 23-30 October. Tickets available from SISTIC