Der Fliegende Holländer

Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer

Conductor: Kamal Khan

Director: Lara Bye

Playing to two full houses at Artscape Opera on January 27 and 29, 2011, The Flying Dutchman reached and charmed two sold out houses in the 2011 Suidoosterfees. This was the first time the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra joined with the Richard Wagner Society, and the first time the Wagner Festival Chorus was featured. This chorus comprised 40 young singers from the townships, not one of whom had been inside an opera house, heard an opera or spoke German.


The Cast:

Senta: Nkosazana Dimande
Dutchman: Gary Simpson
Steuerman: Sonnyboy Dladla
Daland: Rouel Beukes
Eric: Matthew Overmeyer
Mary: Karen van der Walt
Cape Town Philharmoic Orchestra


What the critics said:

“Besonderer ‘Hollander’ ‘n lus vir die oog en oor!” – Pieter Kooij, Die Burger
“The Wagner Society really did us all a great favour …. Lara Bye’s vibrant and accessible production of Wagner’s opera is tailor-made for Capetonians …. Kamal Khan does an amazing job with Wagner’s richly complex score.” – Fiona Chisholm, The Cape Times
“What a triumph … a standing ovation on the sensational first night.” – Rodney Trudgeon, Fine Music Radio