Post by Operachic
The Richard Wagner Association of Singapore is currently staging The Flying Dutchman - the first time ever in Singapore.
My. It might be a bit unkind, but my immediate reaction was "The Mikado". There's no reason at all Hollander shouldn't work well in the context of an Oriental fishing village. But the bright primary colours here seem out of context with Wagner's moody music. It could be just as Oriental, just as stylized and more atmospheric -- as in films like Kwaidan, or A Chinese Ghost Story, or Throne of Blood (aka Cobweb Castle). Likewise the extravagant costumes, especially Erik's, which one imagines would scare away his game. I'd obvioulsy have to see the whole thing -- the wayang kulit especially (which is usually plain black shadows on parchment yellow) -- to comment fairly. But so far I'm not convinced.
There are several interesting Hollanders wandering around the web. Here's a trailer for one I quite like the look of -- now, alas, a victim of the Ukrainian war.