Hot on the heels of OperaUpClose’s announcement of the world premiere of its new English-language version of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, the Southampton-based company has now revealed details of where and when it will tour the production.
In keeping with the opera’s nautical theme, the England-wide tour will visit a series of waterside venues following its premiere on 28 June at Turner Sims in Southampton. The production will run for two more nights at the venue, on 30 June and 1 July. It will then head off to venues across the country.
Presented in partnership with Manchester Camerata, the production features a new eight-piece chamber orchestration by award-winning composer Laura Bowler and an English-language libretto by poet and novelist Glyn Maxwell. Reimagined for our times, it depicts an island nation struggling with its identity in a world of displaced people.
The tour first heads to the SS Great Britain in Bristol’s Great Western Dockyard. Shows are on 4 and 5 July at 7.30pm. Standard tickets cost £25. On 7 and 8 July it will be at Worthing Pavilion, with the shows starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £16.50.
The Flying Dutchman will next tour to London, heading to Grand Junction, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal. Shows take place from 12-14 July at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £15.
The production will be at Hull’s Trinity Market on 18 and 19 July. The shows start at 7.30pm, with tickets costing £25. The final venue on the programme is the Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool on 22 and 23 July at 7.30pm. Standard admission is £25.
OperaUpClose has also announced the cast for The Flying Dutchman. English soprano Philippa Boyle sings the role of Starlight. British bass Timothy Dawkins is Captain Dee, with Irish mezzo-soprano Carolyn Holt as Helm/Mari and Latvian-born bass-baritone Pauls Putnins as Mariner.
Associate artists are British mezzo-soprano Annie George, London-born soprano Catherine Hooper, Japanese baritone Toki Hamano and British bass Masimba Ushe. The production is directed by Lucy Bradley, with sets and costumes by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita. Timothy Burke conducts.
OperaUpClose’s new version of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman will set sail to venues across England this summer.