Friday, May 18, 2018

Quick Chats with Nancy Yuen and Thomas Ruud - SLO's Aida - 1 to 6 June 2018


We have a few words with the stars of the Singapore Lyric Opera's upcoming Aida, to find out more about them as well as the upcoming production.




The Mad Scene: Hi Nancy! Thank you for chatting with us today. As SLO’s artistic director, why pick Aida to present to Singapore for this year?

Nancy Yuen: As one of the major operas in the repertory, Aida has never been featured on SLO’s calendar. It is about time this great masterpiece be presented to the Singapore audience.

The Mad Scene: When and where did you last perform the title role of Aida? What is different in assuming the role now compared to back then?

Nancy Yuen: My last visit to the role of Aida was in Dublin nearly two decades ago. Having sung it before, the big difference now is that I have twenty more years of maturity to the vocal technique and life experience. I really look forward to the continuing challenges that this demanding role brings.

The Mad Scene: Lastly, what can Singaporean audiences look forward to in this Aida production?

Nancy Yuen: There will be no fewer than a hundred performers on stage with spectacular sets, colourful costumes, mesmerizing lighting and glorious sounds to all the familiar tunes of Aida. It certainly is not something anyone should miss. I implore all Singaporeans and visitors to come for this once in a lifetime experience.



The cast of SLO's Aida

The Mad Scene: Hi Thomas! Thank you for doing this interview with The Mad Scene. Firstly, how would you describe your voice to those who have yet to hear you?

Thomas Ruud: It is difficult to describe one’s own voice, but people have described it as a lyric dramatic voice. They have said my voice is very full, with the typical Scandinavian timbre, that one can very easily recognize in Jussi Bjørling’s voice, for instance. But I think that other people should describe my voice, and not I.

The Mad Scene: When and where have you performed Radames?

Thomas Ruud: I have sung the role of Radames once, in a semi-staged production in Sacramento, California some years ago.

The Mad Scene: Having made your debut as the Rossini Count Amalviva, how did your voice go from a light lyric role like this to Radames?

Thomas Ruud: I have actually sung the role of Count Almaviva over 150 times in 8 different productions. One was with the Nobel prize winner in Literature, Dario Fo, as the stage director with the famous Rossini specialist Alberto Zedda conducting. The voice naturally matures through the years due to ageing of the body. It’s very important to never stop taking lessons, as your voice develops all the time due to the change of your muscles. I find it absolutely necessary to always work on one’s technique, so that your voice stay healthy and free. Then as you grow older you may take on more dramatic roles, and thus slowly let your voice mature.

The Mad Scene: Is this your first time performing in Singapore? Are you looking forward to working here? And why?

Thomas Ruud: This is not my first time performing in Singapore. I was the soloist in Puccini's Messa di Gloria last October. I am very much looking forward to coming back. I really like the people in Singapore. They are very polite and friendly, and the country is very beautiful. I am looking forward to performing the role of Radames. There are many very good soloists in this production. The orchestra is very good, and from what I have learned so far, this will be a spectacular production of Aida.

More information about Thomas Ruud at http://www.thomasruud.net.



Sneak peeks at the sets and costumes as well as rehearsals promise a truly exciting production to come, one that is traditional in its setting yet contemprary in its delivery. Get your tickets at SISTIC now and see you at the Esplanade Theatre from 1 to 6 June 2018!

Trivia About Mamma Mia, Returning to Singapore on 3 Nov 2018

With Mamma Mia 2 (starring the amazing Cher) due to hit cinemas soon, its a fitting time for Singaporean audiences to check out the original Broadway classic that has taken the world by storm once again. Here are some facts and figures that you might not know about the original Mamma Mia production; check it out and see you in the theatre from 3 November onwards! 




Mamma mia!!! ARE YOU EXCITED!?!?!?! Check out the Events Page for tickets!!!!!!!!

The Lion King - Original Run Extended Due to Popular Demand - 27 June to 26 Aug 2018


Julie Taymor's hit production of The Lion King returns to Singapore come 6 June 2018. Originally slated for a run of two months, it has since been extended till 26 August 2018 due to popular demand. Come celebrate National Day with all the world-class singing, acting, dancing and puppetry that this talented cast and crew have to offer!

Check out our original feature story about this exciting production, and log on to our Events Page for more details on where to get tickets!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Legally Blonde the Musical - Running at MBS till 20 May 2018


Legally Blonde  is a hilarious musical theatre remake of the hit comedy starring Reese Witherspoons. Now running in Singapore at MBS's Mastercard Theatres, it features Broadway stars Maris McCulley as Elle Woods, Jayson Speters as Emmett Forrest, Mychal Phillips as Paulette Bonafonte and Mark LaDuke as Warner Huntington.


Check out our exclusive interview with music director Wendy Feaver, and look at our exclusive production pictures on our Facebook Group.






OMG are you excited!?!?! Get your tickets for Legally Blonde at SISTIC now!!!!!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Interview Feature - Sabrina Zuber and Dr. Thomas Manhart - Roots on 27 April 2018



Roots, the latest production by Bellepoque, is an exploration of European and Southeast Asian music during the belle epoque era of 1870 to 1915. It features performers from the fields of European classical and traditional Malay music among others. It features a cast of musicians that includes tenor Brendan-Keefe Au, sopranos Syakirah Noble and Sabrina Zuber, Syafiqah 'Adha Sallehin on the accordion and leader of the SOTA Malay Fusion Ensemble, with Dr. Robert Casteels on the piano and Dr. Thomas Manhart as narrator and music director. We speak to producer and performer Sabrina and musicologist Thomas to find out more.



Cast picture of Roots

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

It's Raining Baritones!!! - THIS COMING SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!


Our concert It's Raining Baritones!!! featuring Steven Ang, Alvin Koh, Kan Chuan and Xiao Chunyuan is coming up this Sunday! Click through to our Peatix link to find artist bios, complete programme and of course your own tickets. See you on Sunday!

https://itsrainingbaritones.peatix.com

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Evita at MBS - Interviews and Exclusive Pictures - Running Now Till 18 March 2018


Evita at MBS is truly not to be missed. This is a recreation of the original 1977 production by Hal Prince, closely supervised by the legendary director and Andrew Lloyd Webber themselves. It is musical theatre history being brought to life right before our eyes! Emma Kingston as the titular First Lady nailed the role's trecherous music, belting out one whopping high note after another with stamina and voice to spare.


Hawk and I attended the media call and spoke to the creative directors of this Asian tour that will travel to Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo later on. Find out what you can expect at the MBS Theatre!

First up, we speaks to resident choreographer Duane Alexander. Duane has visited Singapore numerous times for different productions. Here we discuss the challenges that the dances in this Evita production brings.




Next, we speak to Daniel Kutner (associate director), Guy Simpson (musical supervisor) and Louis Zurnamer (musical director) about bringing this classic 1977 original production of Evita back to life.




Evita runs till 18 March at MBS's Mastercard Theatres. Exclusive production photos can be seen on our Facebook Group.

Check out SISTIC for tickets!