TFD Blog Team

The TFD Blog Team comprising volunteer Wagnerians John Gee and Isabel Markwitz and Singapore theatre documenter Dr Tan Ngiap Heng, was set up in January 2016 to update opera lovers and the public on progress of the TFD project. The Blog Team works closely with RWAS President Juliana Lim and TFD Project Director Michele Lim.

Please follow our blog to keep in touch with our project. If you have an interesting story or anecdote to share about Richard Wagner or The Flying Dutchman,  please email Blog Editor John Gee at

The Blog Team from left to right: John Gee, Isabel Markwitz, Dr. Ngiap Heng Tan
The Blog Team from left to right: John Gee, Isabel Markwitz, Dr. Ngiap Heng Tan

John Gee

John Gee came to Singapore to join his future wife in 1999. Since then, he has worked as a freelance writer and volunteered with the migrant worker advocacy group, Transient Workers Count Too. His interest in Wagner’s works goes as far back as his school days in North Wales, over forty years ago.

Isabel Markwitz

Running her own Branding and Marketing consultancy and being semi-professional musician, Isabel’s passion is the active promotion of music. When she was approached in mid 2015 and asked to contribute to the realization of the opera production in Singapore, she decided to volunteer and chip in some of her time to run the blog for the opera. In addition she is part of the fundraising team and link to the German community in Singapore.

Dr. Ngiap Heng Tan

Although he holds a doctorate in Engineering, Tan Ngiap Heng has been a full time photographer since 1999. In his career, he has been a sought after wedding photographer and an award winning corporate photographer. However, it is his love of dance and the performing arts that started his journey into photography, and that is now his main area of focus. He has won an International Photography Award in 2007, and has his works featured in Communication Arts 2008 and the PDN Photography Annual 2008.

Aside from several group and solo exhibitions in Singapore, including the prestigious Month of Photography 2002 and 2004, he has also exhibited in Fotoseptiembre USA 2008 and the 2008 Artful Nude Photography Competition. He was also a nominee for the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography award in 2013. His latest solo exhibition, Body of Work, was the inaugural exhibition for the ION Art Photography series at ION Art. Ngiap Heng is also active in the teaching of photography in Singapore. He is currently focussing on personal projects in photography. He is a founding member of Photovoice Sg, an organization that runs participatory photography workshops for fringe communities in Singapore.

More of Ngiap Heng’s work can be found at

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