“The Flying Dutchman” in Singapore

After a year of fund-raising, Richard Wagner Association (Singapore) took a decision in November 2015, to stage Wagner’ “The Flying Dutchman” in October 2016.  Although a large Production Grant had been secured from the National Arts Council in August 2015, the final plunge was taken with confidence once further funding support was received from the Goethe Institut Singapur, Tote Board Arts Fund, corporate supporters like M1 Limited and several private foundations.

This is the first time a Wagner opera will be fully staged in Singapore. 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.

Performance dates: 23, 25, 27, 29 and 30 October 2016

Venue: Victoria Theatre

Music Director: Darrell Ang with The Orchestra of the Singapore Festival of Music

Co-directed by Chong Tze Chien and Glen Goei

Chorus Master: Albert Tay and the Schola Cantorum Opera Chorus

The opera will feature lead singers cast from among the winners / finalists of the “Internationaler Gesangswettbewerb für WAGNERSTIMMEN'”, Organised by Richard-Wagner-Verband International e.V and Richard-Wagner-Verband Karlsruhe e.V. A Singapore-Asian cast will also be secured for one of the five performances.

Aside from the National Arts Council, our thanks to the following organisations for helping us to realise “The Flying Dutchman” opera project (List correct in February 2016). Fund-raising efforts continue.

  • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • M1 Limited
  • Goethe Institut Singapur
  • Kentish Court Private Limited
  • Suon Kuok
  • Juliana Lim
  • Tote Board Arts Fund
  • Binjai Tree Foundation
  • Tan Chin Tuan Foundation.

(Article written by Juliana Lim)

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