Sunday, September 25, 2016

'Lucia's Wedding' by Satsuki Nagatome - 1 Oct 2016

Locally-based Japanese soprano Satsuki Nagatome returns to the stage, this time in an original pastiche production entitled Lucia's Wedding.

The production will be directed by Dorine de Lopez and script by Caroline Martin, and a large cast of singers including tenor John d'Ancona, mezzo Chieko Sato, sopranos Magali Daillencourt and Serenade Lim, baritone (and TMS contributor) Alvin Koh and dancer Fionna Kwok. Our very own Hawk Liu is also contributing as lighting designer and stage manager. Vincent Chen will accompany the evening's proceedings.

Tickets are apparently selling fast so do grab yours soon. Check out the Events Page for more information!

'The Black Pearl - tribute to Maria Callas' by Bellepoque - 8 to 9 Nov 2016

Bellepoque returns to the stage this year with actor Gerald Chew and soprano Silvia Cafiero onstage, in a scripted and sung tribute to Maria Callas, with stage direction by Sabrina Zuber and music direction by Claudio di Meo. Tickets go on sale at Peatix from 1 October onwards.

'Operacalypse Now!!!' by L'Arietta - 5 Nov 2016

Chamber opera group L'Arietta presents their sophomore production, a Halloween-themed evening titled Operacalypse Now!!! On the programme is a doublebill of  Figaro’s Last Hangover / Figaro and the Zombie Apocalypse and The Widow of Ephesus. There is an open rehearsal on 3 November and a prize for audience members who come dressed in their Halloween finest. Check out the Events Page for more information! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

'Musique Mélange' by Teachers of Madison Academy - 9 Oct 2016

Madison Academy of Music proudly presents Musique Mélange (Music Medley), featuring artists from Singapore, Armenia, Russia and Indonesia, all of whom are teaching at Singapore's premier boutique music school Madison Academy of Music.

When you were last engulfed by a perfect “pa de deux”, marveled at the technical artistry of a chansonnier or enjoyed the ever familiar tune of "La Vie En Rose" did you ever think, who are the people behind all that music? Could you imagine, that so many familiar tunes are all attributed to the same nation? Musique Mélange is a celebration of music of France!

France is widely known for its museums, genteel language, gourmet food and fine wines. Its soil has inspired poets, artists and composers alike, cementing a reputation of France being a cradle of innovations and creativity. Let’s toast to that!

Musique Mélange is a show full of unforgettable ambience, passionate performance and astonishing melodies. All in the benefits of quality time - together with you!

Cast of Performers:
Gevorg Sargsyan – Cellist and music director
Khew Yun Zhen – Pianist
Wayne Teo – Pianist
Steven Ang – Baritone
Leslie Tay – Tenor
Alvin Tan – Baritone
Matthew Mak – Pianist
Roman Tarasov – Guitarist
Ani Umedyan – Violinist

With Special Guests –

The Brothers (Indonesia) from Asia's Got Talent (semi-finalists)

Tickets available at:

FREE: NUS Symphony - Orchestra Symphony in the Park - 24 Sep 2016

The NUS Symphony Orchestra (NUSSO) would love to extend an invitation to their free concert at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on the 24th of September for members of the public. The concert will be conducted by maestro Lim Soon Lee, featuring the prize-winning young violinist Ronan Lim.

The performance will feature popular soundtracks from film classics such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Dark Knight Rises, Schindler's’ List and Jurassic Park. Check out the flyer above for more information!

'Pocket Opera Gala' by the Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre

The Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre, headed by singers Jeremy Koh, Felicia Teo and vocal coach/pianist/conductor Vincent Chen, is a small collective that is making waves in the Singapore opera scene, presenting top notch performances of opera excerpts in many community spaces. Check out their upcoming concert and do show your support!

Pocket Opera Opera Gala
Sat Sep 24, 2016
Chamber, The Arts House

The Pocket Opera Opera Gala will be SPOT's highlight event for the year 2016. Come join us for an evening of beautiful operatic excerpts and instrumental pieces such as the Flower Duet from L. Delibes Lakmé, Musetta's Waltz from G.Puccini's La Bohème and the Intermezzo from P.Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana.

The Gala will feature homegrown artistes:

Charmaine Tan
Evelyn Ang
Felicia Teo

Jeremy Koh

Alvin Tan

Vincent Chen

SPOT Music Ensemble (SPOT ME)
Jocelyn Ng
Nadine Ng
Ryan Yee
May Lee
Chiang Yaw Yeang
Jolene Goh
Eunice Koh
Ophelia Toh
Chee Jun Hong

Tickets available at:

The Graduate Singers' 'TGS x Japan' - 12 Nov 2016 in Singapore

NUS Alumni group The Graduate Singers present a tour of performances in Singapore and Japan. Entitled TGS x Japan, the concerts will see them tackling a wide ranging programme including many Japanese works with their music director Adyll Hardy. Check out their description below for more information:

TGS x Japan (Singapore Edition)
Date: 12 November 2016
Venue: School of the Arts Concert Hall, Singapore
Time: 7.30pm
Ticket: $25 (excluding $2 handling fee; bulk discount with purchase of 10 tickets and above)

TGS x Japan (Japan Edition)
Date: 6 December 2016
Venue: Blue Rose, Suntory Hall, Tokyo
Time: 7.30pm
Ticket: ¥2,500 (adults) ; ¥1,000 (students)

Singaporean choir, The Graduate Singers (TGS), has joined in the SJ50 celebrations and will stage its first ever full-length concert abroad in Tokyo with songs from acclaimed local composers.

The celebration is a two-part concert series named TGS x JAPAN, and will include a concert in Singapore on 12 November before the choir departs for Japan to perform on 6 December at Suntory Hall Blue Rose in Tokyo.

From Singapore to Tokyo, TGS will feature choral works from both countries in its aim of strengthening cultural ties. The concert in Singapore will have the Japanese Cultural Society Choir (JCS Choir) as guest performers. JCS Choir will present two songs, and collaborate with TGS for another two songs.

In 2013, TGS was the first Singaporean choir to be part of Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)’s Concert Series, Messiah… Refreshed!, held at the Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. This year, in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50), the choir will stage its first full–length concert abroad in Tokyo.

Said Music Director, Mr. Adyll Hardy, “We want to expose Singaporeans to more choral works by renowned Japanese composers and help facilitate cross-cultural exchange through engagement and collaboration with Japanese artists. By going overseas, we hope to further strengthen Singapore’s choral presence and showcase original works and arrangements by Singaporean composers.”

They will be performing works by Dr. Zechariah Goh, recipient of the National Arts Council Young Artist Award (Music) and COMPASS Artistic Excellence Award by Composers and Authors Society of Singapore; Chen Zhangyi, Young Artist Award winner and lecturer at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (National University of Singapore); and premiering the choral version of 'Nutty but Nice', a Christmas medley previously arranged for T’ANG Quartet by Singaporean composer, Syafiqah ‘Adha.