Two rounds of auditions hosted by Aureus Music Academy, Rochester Park, on 26 and 30 January and 19 March unleashed a wealth of local talent for The Flying Dutchman Chorus.
Over 20 singers were recruited for the chorus from among 28 hopefuls who participated in the auditions. Well-prepared with excerpts from German lieder and Wagner operas, aspirants sang before a panel comprising The Flying Dutchman Executive Producer Dr. Ronald Ling, Conductor Darrell Ang, Director Chong Tze Chien, Chorus Master Albert Tay, RWA(S) Founding President Dr. Katherine Wallace and Singapore baritone Eng Meng Chia.
“The Flying Dutchman” showcases some of the best music for opera choruses in the entire operatic repertory. The opera starts with sailors evoking songs of the sea, through to the tumultuous cries of a ‘ghost chorus’ in the concluding scenes of the opera. It will be a treat for our choristers to learn and perform!” said Albert Tay, Chorus Master for The Flying Dutchman and Artistic Director of Schola Cantorum Singapore.
Efforts to build The Flying Dutchman Chorus will continue in the upcoming weeks. While one of the best known pieces from the opera often featured in performances of excerpts from the opera, is the Norwegian sailors’ song in Act Three, there are other pleasing choral pieces for male and female voices in the work.
Experienced operatically-trained singers / choristers who missed the earlier audition calls and wish to join the chorus to sing this demanding but satisfying work, can email Michele Lim at email@example.com.
(Article written by John Gee, Photograph taken by Dr Tan Ngiap Heng)