John Gee watched as “The Flying Dutchman” chorus sang in public at one of Singapore’s top shopping malls.
A month before the first Singapore performance of “The Flying Dutchman”, shoppers at the Ion building on Orchard Road, Singapore’s top shopping area, had a surprise foretaste of the opera. On Saturday, 24 September, after months of weekly rehearsals, the chorus was out in force to perform two pieces from the work.
The chorus members gathered on the fourth floor of the Ion building for a first performance at 4.30, watched by family members, RWA(S) members and curious passers-by. The place was quite noisy with the voices of shoppers, but if the chorus members found that daunting, they certainly didn’t show it.
Chorus master Albert Tay was on hand to introduce each of the songs. The women of the choir led off with the spinning song from “The Flying Dutchman”, sung by the village women as they work together while awaiting the return of their menfolk. It is a light and cheerful piece, quite in keeping with the sort of songs women engaged in repetitive tasks did traditionally sing together.
This was followed by the sequence that begins with the returned sailors singing as they celebrate with the women (“Steuermann! Lass die Wacht!”).
This Saturday, the German Association had organised a lovely open house afternoon. The German Community is supporting our efforts in staging The Flying Dutchman here in Singapore. Please enjoy a good read in the German Magazine IMPULSE on page 10. Richard Wagner Association (Singapore) decided to donate 2 tickets for the show as a contribution to the Lucky Draw. We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the lucky winner Beate Köhler! Enjoy the show and see you 25th October at Victoria Theater. There were sad voices in the background: “Oh, I would have loved to win this price…” … Continue reading Open House at German Association
Mrs Eva Wagner-Pasquier, the great-grand-daughter of Richard Wagner, is visiting Singapore from 21 – 24 October in conjunction with the first-ever staging of a Wagner opera in Singapore – “The Flying Dutchman”. Eva, who is the Ambassador of the Bayreuth Festival to Wagner Societies, will grace the Singapore Premiere (International Cast) on 23 October 2016, Victoria Theatre, as our Guest-of-Honour. Ahead of her visit, Juliana had a chat with Eva. JL: When did you first come to understand that your great grand-father was a great composer and how did you feel about that? EWP: I really don’t know…. … Continue reading Chatting with Eva Wagner-Pasquier
If you love shopping, head to ION this Saturday afternoon (24.9.2016). “The Flying Dutchman” has a surprise in store for you. Listen with your eyes and ears and experience Wagner in a new way! #TFDflashmob #flyingdutchmanoperasg Continue reading What to do this SATURDAY?
Conductor Darrell Ang is Musical Director of the Singapore production of “The Flying Dutchman”. Last week, he spoke to John Gee about the forthcoming performances of the opera in Singapore. Darrell thought that the production of a major Wagner work was overdue “for the arts scene in Singapore, for the operatic scene in Singapore.” He went on: “Wagner is a major operatic composer. For Singapore, which strives to be a very important hub for everything, including culture, for Singapore that hasn’t yet staged an opera by Wagner…I think that this is long overdue in happening, but better late than never. … Continue reading Darrell Ang: Singapore “Flying Dutchman”, Definitely a Milestone
When an audience leaves a performance of “The Flying Dutchman”, it is a fair bet that they will have definite opinions, mostly empathetic, about the Dutchman and Senta, and, unsympathetically, about Daland, Senta’s father, a father who is ready … Continue reading It’s Tough Being a Nice Guy
Costume design for The Flying Dutchman opera (23 to 30 October, Victoria Theatre) are by Singapore designer MAX.TAN (Max Tan and Yuan Zhiying). Serious but never severe, minimal but never simple, fragile but never weak. Experiments with quirk cuts and … Continue reading Costumes by MAX.TAN
Now for a completely different posting from Bayreuth, Germany – the spiritual home of Richard Wagner and the location of an annual opera festival dedicated to the Master’s works. I am here to watch the Ring, a tetralogy (four … Continue reading Executive Producer’s Postcard from Bayreuth
主办单位：里查德.瓦格纳歌剧协会（新加坡）、 OperaViva Limited、十指帮剧团。
公演五场： 国际声乐家领衔主唱四场、亚洲声乐家领衔主唱一场 。
日期：二零一六年十月 廿五、廿七、廿八 日
The second day of the Wagner Weekend started with a showing of a video of the 1985 Bayreuth production of “The Flying Dutchman”. The two main leads were Simon Estes as the Dutchman and Lisbeth Balslev, as Senta. Presentation-wise, the production was quite traditional, with a 19th century setting and costumes and ships that “sailed” into view. Where it was more contemporary was in emphasising the role of Senta, who was present on stage from beginning to end, most of the time clutching a painting of the Dutchman. During the Overture and Act One, before she usually appears for the … Continue reading Sunday at the Library