Celebrated Derry Mezzo-soprano Doreen Curran will take to the stage of Belfast’s Grand Opera House next week in one of the principal roles of NI Opera’s bold production of Wagner’s ‘The Flying Dutchman’.
The show, which runs on Friday, February 15, with a Matinee on Sunday, February 17, is the first fully staged Wagner opera to be performed here in a generation and is a must-see highlight in the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth.
With a huge chorus and a superb international cast led by Belfast-born singers Giselle Allen and Bruno Caproni and with Doreen in the role of Mary, this is a rare chance to experience the epic scale of Wagnerian opera right here in the North - a feast for the eyes and ears, marrying thrilling drama with a gorgeously romantic score.
Doreen, who was born in Westland Avenue, has just recently settled in the city again with her two young sons after well over a decade away.
“This is the first Wagner opera ever performed in Northern Ireland and the first work of Wagner I’ve ever been in,” Doreen tells the ‘Journal’.
“I’ve worked for the company [NI Opera] before and they’re fantastic to work with, so talented. My role is quite small in the scheme of the piece, but it’s still hard work as it’s so intense a production.”
The story is a retelling of an ancient legend. One stormy night a Norwegian sea captain encounters the Flying Dutchman - a ghostly captain doomed to sail the seas for all eternity. “The whole central theme of the opera is redemption through love,” Doreen reveals. “The role I play is that of Mary, guardian of the main character Senta. Basically, I’m the one responsible for telling her about the legend of the Flying Dutchman, and now she’s obsessed!”
“I hope Derry people will travel to see the show - it’s a unique opportunity to hear this piece in Northern Ireland and it would be worth the trip, I promise you!”
‘The Flying Dutchman’ runs next Friday, February 15, at 7.15pm, with a matinee performance on Sunday, February 17, at 2pm. Book at Box Office on: 90. 241919 or online at: www.goh.co.uk.