What they said about “The Flying Dutchman”

The last performance of our Singapore-made Flying Dutchman was successfully staged on Sunday 30th October, with the international cast. The singers have since flown home. What’s left are warm memories, nice compliments from friends n colleagues in the theatre world; … Continue reading What they said about “The Flying Dutchman”

Sunday at the Library

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

Saturday of Wagner Weekend

Today in Library@Esplanade, there was a chance to watch a wonderfully sung performance of “The Flying Dutchman”. Catherine Naglestad as Senta and Juha Uusitalo as The Dutchman convinced with their singing in De Nederlandse Opera’s stunning modern setup. This screening was followed by an enlightening and entertaining talk by Natalie Ng on Wagner’s Music and The Flying Dutchman in Popular Culture. Natalie’s focus was on comics and cinema. Did you know that Bugs Bunny in “What’s Opera, Doc?” sang to music from “Die Walkurie”, with Elmer Fudd venturing into Siegfried’s role? Or that Marvel Comics’ “Thor” once featured a story … Continue reading Saturday of Wagner Weekend

Glen Goei – On a Wagnerian’s Couch (21 August, 4.15PM, library@esplanade)

Get up-close and personal with theatre, film and “The Flying Dutchman” co-director Glen Goei at Wagner Weekend on 21 August afternoon, as he shares the vision, creative process and artistic approach behind staging Singapore’s first Wagner opera production, in a conversation “On the Wagnerian’s Couch”. Dr. Ong Yong Lock, a retired psychiatrist, a Wagnerian and author of “Singapore On The Couch”, will moderate this lively, interactive conversation with Glen followed by an audience Q&A. Glen Goei’s broad body of work embraces the full gamut of performing and visual arts from film, theatre, musicals, large scale shows, World Expos, dance, music to … Continue reading Glen Goei – On a Wagnerian’s Couch (21 August, 4.15PM, library@esplanade)

Wagner Weekend at library@esplanade (20-21 August)

  Mark 20-21 August on your diaries! That’s when library@esplanade will host a two-day event Wagner Weekend in partnership with Richard Wagner Association (Singapore) and OperaViva Limited. Apart from the screening of Wagner operas and an exhibition of related books, Director Glen Goei will share his and his co-director Chong Tze Chien’s vision for The Singapore-made “Flying Dutchman” and his experience of directing his first opera; while members of the Richard Wagner Association (Singapore) will speak about the genesis of “The Flying Dutchman” and the influence of Wagner on popular culture. Wagner Weekend is part of “The Flying Dutchman in … Continue reading Wagner Weekend at library@esplanade (20-21 August)