DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
INSPIRED BY The Flying Dutchman, a ghostly ship doomed to sail the seas off the Cape of Good Hope forever. ON STAGE The plot of Wagner’s first opera, inspired by a real-life stormy sea voyage the composer undertook in his early 20s, differs from the legend in that the cursed captain can be saved by true love (a bit like Beauty and the Beast). THIS VERSION Matthew Wild’s innovative take – asking what unnamed atrocity perpetrated by the captain led to damnation – looks at the chain of events triggered by the arrival of the Dutch at the Cape. ‘At a time when SA grapples with the vestiges of colonial history, the production deals with how we, in the 21st-century, deal with our colonial ghosts.’ SEE IT 17 – 26 August at Artscape, Cape Town. Tickets R100 – R400, but if you’re trying out opera for the first time, you pay half price by signing up online at capetownopera.co.za.