A Tale of Two Dalands

The role of Daland is one of four major leads in “The Flying Dutchman”. The seafaring Captain is often portrayed as a pragmatic and materialistic character who barters his daughter, Senta to the Dutchman, for his bride, in exchange for treasures on the Dutchman’s ghostly ship. It’ll be interesting to see how Daland is portrayed in the Singapore-made, Asian-style Flying Dutchman.

As good basses seem to be in short supply in both Europe and Asia, the casting of Daland proved a little more challenging than expected. After an extensive search, we are delighted to welcome on board two well-reputed basses – Bavarian Andreas Hörl and, Julian Lo from Taiwan!  Andreas will sing four performances on 23, 25, 28, 30 October with the international cast while Julian will sing on 27 October performance alongside Nancy Yuen and the Asian cast.

Andreas Hörl
Andreas Hörl

Born in Bavaria, Andreas studied under Kurt Moll and has performed in Italy, Poland, Spain, Portugal Hungary and Austria as well as his native Germany. Among his previous Wagnerian roles are those of Gurnemanz and Titurel in “Parsifal” and Hunding in “Die Walkure”. Andreas will come to us fresh from his roles as Hunding and Fasolt in Bayreuth in August.


Julian Lo (Daland)
Julian Lo (Daland)

Julian Lo studied and obtained his Master of Music at Soo-Chow University in Taiwan. After winning first prize in the Japan Performers Association’s Operatic Aria Competition, he become a member of Fujiwara Opera Company and the Japan Opera Foundation and made his Japan debut as Sarastro in “The Magic Flute”. He has appeared in numerous productions in Japan and his native Taiwan.

Watch both our Asian cast and International cast to see how each of our two basses puts his best foot forward as Daland.


(Story written by Dr Ronald Ling. Photos courtesy of singers)



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