Wagner is arguably the greatest opera composer of all times and he was German, so it stands to reason that Goethe Institut Singapur would be a natural supporter of the first fully-staged Wagner opera – The Flying Dutchman – in Singapore. Around the world, Goethe Institut is a stalwart supporter of Wagner societies. Our Munich counterpart was able to help stage a very credible “The Flying Dutchman” in Cuba in 2015 and ” Tannhauser” this March 2016, in partnership with the Goethe Institut.
Indeed, it was the Good News from Goethe Institut Singapur (and M1) in mid-November 2015 that emboldened RWA(S) and OperaViva Limited to plunge into such an ambitious opera project, despite the uncertainty of funding from other quarters and whether we would find Singapore singers willing to venture into the Wagnerian repertory with us.
With funds nearly all raised and singers in place, our anxieties are largely now “water under the bridge” and we are safely on our journey! Thank you for your support, Goethe Institut Singapur!
With Goethe Institut Singapur’s support, we will fly in Wagner critic Klaus Billand to review the performances of both international and Asian cast; deliver a talk about Wagner and “The Flying Dutchman” and moderate the post-show dialogue after the 30 October matinee performance, specially for The Friends of “The Flying Dutchman”.
To encourage the members of the Goethe Institut Singapur and students of the German language to watch “The Flying Dutchman”, we are offering them 15% discount on Cat 1 to 4 tickets (max. 2 tickets per transaction) from 1 July to 1 September, through SISTIC Internet Service Only [Verification: Quote valid password upon purchase]. Please support “The Flying Dutchman”!
(Story written by Juliana Lim. Photo taken by Dr. Tan Ngiap Heng)