Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman

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Presented by Richard Wagner Association (Singapore), Co Produced by Opera Viva Limited in association with The Finger Players

23, 25, 27, 28, 30 October 2016, Victoria Theatre

Schola Cantorum for the Opera Chorus for the first Wagnerian opera to be staged in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Directed by Chong Tze Chien and Glen Goei with Darrell Ang as Music Director and KAM’s Albert Tay as Chorus Master, this production brought together some of the best talents from Singapore’s arts scene for what truly was a landmark first for opera in Singapore.

The production was successfully staged for five nights at the Victoria Theatre and was truly a memorable experience for all Schola Cantorum members.

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Reviews

Well wishes from Vocal Director and Artistic Consultant Alessandra Althoff-Pugliese

“The choirs are choreographed in a multi-faceted manner and sing with strong voices.”
– Klaus Billand,Neuer Merker

“Avoiding cliche and contentious innovation, its simple touches, and especially the wonderful Wayang Kulit backdrop brilliantly executed by The Finger Players, made this a very impressive evening entertainment.”
– Mark Rochester, The Straits Times

“Wagner began writing the opera in his 20s after a difficult sea journey from the Baltic port of Pillau to London. And it shows in the thrilling music that grabs you and doesn’t let go for more than two hours and 20 minutes without intermission.”
– Helmi Yusof, The Business Times

“The direction by Glen Goei and Chong Tze Chien of the Finger Players was unique, putting an Southeast Asian twist to the story-telling with the use wayang kulit and shadow puppet-play. These came to play in the Overture and many scenes, where shadows and silhouettes skilfully took the place of expensive and bulky sets. That alone was worth the ticket of entry.”
– Chang Tou Liang, pianomania

“One can go on writing about The Flying Dutchman but it seems pointless here to continue, not because it gives away too much of the game but that at some point, words fail! One simply has to experience the opera oneself.”
– Alvin Koh, The Mad Scene.

“Choral pieces such as the spinning song and the sailors’ chorus in Act Three are handled well musically and dramatically by the local singers.”
– John Gee, Richard Wagner Association (Singapore)