OperaUpClose Announces New ‘Flying Dutchman’ Production for 2022

By David Salazar

UK-based OperaUpClose has announced that it will be teaming up with Manchester Camerata to produce a new production of Wagner’s iconic “The Flying Dutchman.”

The production, which will be in an all-new English language version, will be re-imagined for four singers and an eight-piece chamber ensemble by composer Laura Bowler and librettist, novelist, and poet Glyn Maxwell.

The company is aiming for a UK tour of this new version in Autumn of 2022. Workshops and preparation of the new version are set to kick off in July 2021.

“Working together, we aim to create a new work which pushes the boundaries of opera, speaking to contemporary experiences through a centuries-old myth and a 19th century masterpiece, enabling audiences to discover this extraordinary piece for the first time or to experience it anew,” OperaUpClose stated in a press release. “This is an ideal partnership between OperaUpClose and Manchester Camerata as organizationally we each put innovation at heart of everything we do and have a long history of redefining our craft.”