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He was cursed to sail the seas of eternity. Only she could save him.
For the first time, an opera by Richard Wagner will be produced and performed this year in Singapore.
Presented by the Richard Wagner Association (Singapore), co-produced with Opera Viva. Limited and in association with The Finger Players Ltd, The Flying Dutchman will be staged at the historic and beautifully refurbished, grand dame, the Victoria Theatre.
This opera classic will be given fresh insights by award–winning theatre directors, Glen Goei and Chong Tze Chien; with musical leadership provided by Asia’s pre-eminent conductor, Darrell Ang and the opera chorus conducted by Singapore’s Albert Tay.
The project nurtures young Wagnerian singers by giving Asian singers their Wagnerian debut. We have also cast our international leads from the RWVI International Singing Competition for Wagner Voices which is the launchpad for experienced opera singers venturing into Wagnerian repertoire.
International Leads from Europe and Australia
Australian Soprano, Kathleen Parker (Senta), Ukrainian Baritone, Oleksandr Pushniak (The
Dutchman), German Bass, Andreas Hörl (Daland), and Czech Jakub Pustina Baritone/Tenor
Singapore/Asian Leads from Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Taiwan
Singaporean/Hong Kong Soprano, Nancy Yuen (Senta); Singaporean Baritone, Martin Ng
(The Dutchman); Taiwanese Bass Julian Lo (Daland) and Singapore PR/Malaysian Tenor
Kee Loi Seng (Erik)
What’s the story about ?
The Flying Dutchman is cursed forever to wander the world’s oceans. His sole hope of deliverance is to find a woman who will be faithful to him, come what may, and he can only seek such a woman once every seven years.
Could Senta be the one? Raised in a village by the sea, she knows the story of the Dutchman and dreams of delivering him from his fate. Her father, Daland, returns from a voyage in the company of a stranger to whom he has pledged his daughter's hand, in return for the promise of wealth. Senta knows that he is the Dutchman. It seems that the hopes of both will be realised, but then the Dutchman, believing he has been betrayed, returns to his ship in despair. As the ship sets sail, Senta proves herself true to her pledge.
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