Wednesday, November 22, 2017

OperaViva's 'Opera Mixer' - Quotes from Cast - 25 and 26 Nov 2017

The stars of OperaViva's Opera Mixer: The Italian Edition (from left to right: Wendy Woon, Ben Lim, Alvin Tan, Leslie Tay and Melissa Chan) tell us their favourite part about being in the event.

"My favourite part of Opera Mixer is that I get to sing with awesome colleagues and I get to invite friends who are new to opera knowing that they will enjoy our carefully selected repertoire. It's like opera for all ages!” Alvin Tan, baritone

"I get to try out some exciting new repertoire that I probably wouldn't have tried singing a few years ago and get to indulge in the grand passions that we associate with Italian opera!” Leslie Tay, tenor

“I love being able to see the audience’s reactions and move around them in this casual and more intimate format.  It doesn’t get more real than that.” Melissa Chan, mezzo-soprano

“It would have to be all the laughs and shenanigans that’s part of the rehearsal process. Singing in a safe fun space with colleagues that one has chemistry with is hard to come by and is thoroughly relished.” Wendy Woon, soprano

Looks like a fun concert to be had! Besides hearing great live music, you will also get to mix with other opera lovers and share your drinks and snacks with us. Time to place new orders for packets of salted egg fish skin then! Check out the Events Page for tickets! 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Addams Family at Mediacorp's MES Theatre - till 3 Dec 2017

Everyone's favourite kooky undead family is here in Singapore!!! The Addams Family Musical, with music by Grammy winner Andrew Lippa, will play at Mediacorp's MES Theatre till 3 December 2017. Hawk Liu goes to interview the cast of The Addams Family and discuss their taste for the macabre. Check out the interview below:

This interview can also be found on Hawk Liu's website

Plus, we have exclusive images of the production, courtesy of Jeremy Lee!

Get your tickets now by checking out the Events Page!!!

OperaViva - Opera Mixer - 25 and 26 Nov 2017

OperaViva presents Opera Mixer, an evening of live singing where you can bring your own drinks and mingle with guests and performers after. Singing for you are soprano Wendy Woon, baritone Alvin Tan, tenor Leslie Tay and mezzo-soprano Melissa Chan with accompaniment by Ben Lim. Check out the Events Page for more information!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Walk Into the Mandala - 8 and 9 Dec 2017

If you are a fan of physical theatre, you probably would not want to miss A Walk into the Mandala by Beverly Yuen and her team at Grain Performance and Research Lab. It depicts the different stages of life that a quintessential urban being would experience as 3-metre wide rice Mandala forms on stage.

Some of the key challenges in the latest rendition of the production are that the performer drawing the rice mandala will have her face swaddled while creating the mandala on the floor, and she will be in heels most of the time throughout the piece while executing taichi and yoga moves.

A Walk Into The Mandala will be held at The Arts House Play Den on 8th (8pm) and 9th (3pm, 8pm) December 2017. Check out for tickets! 

'The Lion King' at MBS - 27 June to 5 Aug 2018

Here's more information (including a video) about the upcoming production of The Lion King, soon to be running at MBS in June 2018!

Michael Cassel Group in association with Disney Theatrical Productions are thrilled to reveal the full company of the international tour of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s The Lion King.

A talented cast of impressive and diverse international performers will star in the landmark musical event which begins performances in Manila at The Theatre at Solaire on 18 March 2018 and will then transfer to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, starting performances on 27 June 2018.

The cast of The Lion King features alumni who have performed in previous productions around the world including the London, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Basel, Hamburg, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil and Johannesburg engagements and the UK and Australian tours, along with a host of emerging talent from South Africa that will make this one of the most sensational casts to appear in acclaimed director Julie Taymor’s groundbreaking musical.

Announced today, the principal cast includes Ntsepa Pitjeng who is returning to the role of ‘Rafiki’, having performed the role in the USA, UK, Brazil, and Switzerland productions. Direct from London’s West End production is Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile in the role of ‘Mufasa’. Also from the United Kingdom is music theatre performer Antony Lawrence as ‘Scar’.

Australian actor Andre Jewson will feature as ‘Zazu’; the charismatic New Zealand born performer Jamie McGregor will play ‘Timon’ and South African favorite Pierre van Heerden will return as ‘Pumbaa’.

Joining the company are six actors from the Philippines. Sharing the role of Young Simba will be Julien Joshua Dolor, Pablo Palacpac and Juan Tiongson; sharing the role of Young Nala will be Sheena Bentoy, Uma Martin and Felicity Napuli.

Rounding out the principal cast are South African performers Calvyn Grandling, playing the much-loved role of ‘Simba’, the up-and-coming star Noxolo Dlamini as ‘Nala’, Candida Mosoma who returns to the role of ‘Shenzi’, Bjorn Blignaut as ‘Banzai’ and Mark Tatham as ‘Ed’.

Calvyn Grandling playing Simba performing Can You Feel the Love Tonight:

Julie Taymor and her extraordinary creative team have brought together a truly diverse company, representing twelve countries in this production of enormous scale, beauty and heart. I cannot wait for new audiences in the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan to share an indelible theatrical experience for the first time, with this talented cast,” said Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions.

Lebo M, who provided additional music, lyrics, vocal score and arrangements to The Lion King, said; “The cast of the international tour that we have assembled, which features many of South Africa’s greatest and most exciting talents, is something that I am very proud of and I cannot wait to see the extraordinary talent when they come together for the first-time next year.”

Tickets for the Manila season go on sale on 3 November and Singapore tickets will go on sale on 13 November.

Get your tickets via the Events Page!

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Sound of Music - till 3 Dec 2017 at MBS

The evergreen musical The Sound of Music has returned to Singapore at the MBS Mastercard Theatres! The production from London's West End features an adult cast from the UK and a local cast of kids playing the Von Trapp children. You have till 3 December to check them out in action.

Check out our exclusive videos and images on our Facebook Group, and get your tickets at SISTIC!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Huang Rong-Hai and Teng Li-Feng Concert Programme - 11 Nov 2017

Curious as to what Huang Rong-Hai and Teng Li-Feng will perform at their concert? Here is the full concert programme!

Huang Rong-Hai 黄荣海
1.  花非花  (唐) 白居易诗   黄自曲 Chinese art song - A Flower is Not a Flower
2.  点绛唇 • 赋登楼   (宋) 王灼词  黄自曲

Teng Li-Feng 丁俐岎
3.  想亲娘  云南民歌  丁善德编曲 Yunan folk song - Missing My Mother
4.  我和我的祖国  张藜词  秦咏诚曲 Me and My Motherland

Huang Rong-Hai 黄荣海  
5.  Selve amiche, ombrose piante  Antonio Caldara
6.  Сон “Son” (Dream)  Sergei Rachmaninoff

Teng Li-Feng 丁俐岎
7.  风萧瑟—— 选自歌剧《伤逝》  王泉,韩伟词  施光南曲
Chinese opera aria

Huang Rong-Hai 黄荣海  
8.  A vucchella  Francesco Paolo Tosti
9.  大江东去  (宋)苏轼词  青主曲 - The River Flows East

Teng Li-Feng 丁俐岎
10.  Un bel dì vedremo from   Giacomo Puccini

2nd Half

Teng Li-Feng 丁俐岎
1.  Сирень “Siren”(Lilacs)  Sergei Rachmaninoff
2.  Весенние воды “Vesenniye vody”(Spring Water)  Sergei Rachmaninoff

Huang Rong-Hai 黄荣海  
3.  Каватина Алеко (Aleko’s Cavatina)   Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Teng Li-Feng 丁俐岎
4.  我爱你中华  苏阿芒词  敖昌群曲 - I Love You China

Huang Rong-Hai 黄荣海  
5.  Erlkönig  Franz Schubert

Teng Li-Feng 丁俐岎
6.  帕米尔,我的家乡多么美  瞿琮词  郑秋枫曲 - Pamirs, My Beloved Homeland

Huang Rong-Hai 黄荣海  
7.  I’ te vurria vasà  Eduardo Di Capua
8.  嘉陵江上  端木蕻良词  贺绿汀曲 - On the Jialing River

Teng Li-Feng 丁俐岎
9.  Sola, perduta, abbandonata   Giacomo Puccini

黄荣海,丁俐岎 二重唱
10.  Nella Fantasia  Ennio Morricone
11.  La Vie En Rose  Louiguy (Louis Guglielmi)

Word is that tickets are seeling very fast. Please call or message 9662 6076 or 9788 8868 to get yours now! 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Interview Feature: Prof. Gerald Wirth from the Vienna Boys Choir (11-15 Jan 2017)

While the Vienna Boys Choir has performed in Singapore numerous times, this upcoming event will see their presence on a much larger scale - with a week (11 to 15 January) filled with activities including talks, seminars, workshops and even opportunities for local kids to perform with them! (more information at

The Mad Scene speaks to artistic director Prof. Gerald Wirth about what to expect from their week in Singapore. Prof. Wirth got his musical start with the Vienna Boys Choir as a child, before going on to study piano, oboe, and vocal music at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and leading many children's choir. He is looking forward to spending a week with fellow Singaporean musicians young and old in January. Here's what we discussed:

Friday, October 13, 2017

R18 (Nudity): Crazy Horse Cabaret 'Forever Crazy' - at MBS till 22 Oct 2017

The famous French burlesque cabaret show is in town! Forever Crazy celebrates 65 years of feminine sexuality by bringing their girls to recreate their best routines on this world tour.

While staged at the huge Mastercard Theatres at MBS, this show seeks to recreate the intimacy of the cabaret venue in Paris by setting couches with champagne bottle service in the front rows and making only the stall seats available for the public. One therefore gets to see the intricate routines up close - a creative blend of dance, lighting, costuming, nudity and performance pizzaz.

Its a colourful evening filled with fun irreverence. Check out our exclusive production images on our Facebook Group, and get your tickets at SISTIC now so you won't miss out!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Evita' in Singapore! - 23 Feb to 4 Mar 2018

MBS will present a new production of Evita from the UK at MBS from 23 February to 4 March 2018. This Singapore run will star Emma Kingston as Eva, South African Jonathan Roxmouth as Che and Robert Finlayson as Peron. Check out the Events Page for details!

Audition: Lieder Singers for 'Sonic Blossom' Exhibition

Here's a great opportunity for young singers to be featured in a world-class exhibition at the National Gallery. Read below to find out more!

Audition Call!
to all classical singers. Bellepoque is calling for audition on 23 November 2017, in order to select 12 singers for a beautiful durational installation project at National Gallery. Sonic Blossom by Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei will run from 19 Jan to 16 Feb 2018.

During the audition, the singers are required to sing 1 of the 5
recommended Franz Schubert’s Lieder from the repertoire, including:
Du bist die Ruh, D. 776
An den Mond, D. 193
Frulingsglaube, D. 686
Nacht und Traume, D. 827
Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D. 774

Date of exhibition: 19 January to 16 February 2018, 11am to 5pm (shifts to be decided after the audition).

Email to to register for audition and to get all audition and project details. Here's more information about the exhibition.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Huang Rong-Hai and Teng Li-Feng in Concert - 11 Nov 2017

The fabulous baritone Huang Rong-Hai graces the stage with his wife Teng Li-Feng on 11 November 2017 at Victoria Concert Hall for a programme of love duets and arias. While Teng may not be as well-known as her illustrious husband, folks should know that she is a powerful spinto-dramatic soprano that is huge in volume and rich in colours. Please call or message 9662 6076 or 9788 8868 for more information.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: West Side Story at MBS, till 30 Sep 2017

Jeremy Lee gives us his review of West Side Story, now running at MBS's Mastercard Theatres till 30 September 2017.

Racial divisions in the heart of America. Ordinary people torn apart by discrimination and prejudice against people who look different from them -- a state of affairs that permeates all levels of society. And uncaring authorities that not only don’t stop the hatred but exacerbate and even encourage the bigotry.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hawk Interviews Cast of 'West Side Story', at MBS till 30 Sep 2017

Our video correspondent Hawk Liu was live at the MBS Mastercard Theatres to speak to the cast of West Side Story, now running till 30 September 2017. 

First up is Keely Beirne and Waldemar Quinones Villanueva who plays Anita and Bernado respectively. 

Next up is Lance Hayes who plays Riff:

Lastly, Marc Koeck and Natalie Ballenger share the challenges and rewards of playing Tony and Maria respectively:

The videos above can also be found on Hawk's website

Check out the official trailer for this Singapore production, the dancing is no mean feat and then having to sing Leonard Bernstein's and Stephen Sondheim's virtuosic score is a huge undertaking taking in itself, which the cast, crew and orchestra pulls off with aplomb.

Most importantly, don't forget to get your tickets here via the Events Page!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Gordon Crosse's 'Purgatory' by L'arietta - 27 Oct to 5 Nov 2017

Press release from L'arietta Productions:

“Before my son I stand, holding the knife used to kill my father”

L’arietta Productions, the Singapore-based chamber opera company opens box office for the Asian premiere of Purgatory, an Immersive Operatic Experience coming to you this Halloween. Composer Gordon Crosse’s setting of the text by literary giant W.B. Yeats will have you trembling in your seats. Walk into an old Peranakan house and witness one family's tragedy guided by the spirits trapped between worlds. Is the house haunted? Is the family cursed? L'arietta Productions bring you a hair-raising unforgettable multidisciplinary experience October 27th-November 5th at the Theatre Practice Black Box Theatre.

Written in 1966 by British composer Gordon Crosse, the opera utilizes Yeats' original text in its entirety. Directed by theatre veteran Eleanor Tan, this production will depart from its original Irish setting to an old Peranakan household filled with matriarchs of the past. On the anniversary of the mother's wedding night, remorseful spirits of the Old Man's parents appear in the house where unspeakable horror unfolded when he was 16 years old. He brings his son to the ruined house and reveals the darkness that haunts this family; the drunken father, the mother who died giving birth, and the Old Man who stabbed his own father... Now the Boy is the same age as he was when the curse was set. What grim choices face this family? Will there be redemption for the dead and the living?

Purgatory will be Singapore’s first immersive experiential opera, where live painting, devised theatre, poetry, visual art, and opera will merge for an hour of macabre spectacle. This production is a proud in-conjunction event with the Singapore Writers Festival, celebrating SWF’s country focus: Ireland.
“Deconstructing Yeats” Educational Talk October 30th, 2017Led by award winning poet Aaron Lee and the creative team, the audience will dive into the rich text of W.B. Yeats. The process of bringing such intense piece of literary work will be revealed through a panel discussion. This is a rare opportunity for literary and opera lovers alike!

Incorporated in 2015, L’arietta Productions produce high quality bite-sized operas in English that are cozy, entertaining, and relevant. Collaborating with award winning artists such as Namiko Chan, Wan Xiang Lee, composer Chen Zhangyi, and poet, Aaron Lee; Straits Times regards L’arietta’s approach “vital in conveying the message that modern opera could be unstuffy, accessible and even fun.”

What: Purgatory by Gordon Crosse
When: 27 October to 5 November
Where: Theatre Practice Black Box Theatre (54 Waterloo Street)

Director: Eleanor Tan
Music Director: Aloysius Foong
Set Designer: Grace Lin
Set Consultant: Eucien Chia
Lighting Artist: Eugene Soh
Visual Artist: Namiko Chan
Boy: Peter Ong
Old man: Reuben Lai
Female Spirits: Ethel Yap, Ava Madon, Melissa Gan, Venytha Yoshiantini, Patricia Ginting, and Inch Chua

Check out the Events Page for tickets!

World Premiere: John Sharpley's Grand Oratorio 'A Moment of Rest Upon The Wind' - 1 Oct 2017

A message from Singapore-based composer John Sharpley:

My new large-scale oratorio, A Moment of Rest Upon The Wind  (based on Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’) for bass-baritone, soprano, actor and symphony orchestra will be premiered on 1st October, Sunday, 5 pm, SOTA Concert Hall here in Singapore.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1930, Lebanese-American) is arguably the third best-selling English-language poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. The simple yet profound messages behind ‘The Prophet’ are timely yet universal beacons of light.

‘The Prophet’ tells the story of Almustafa, who resided in the city of Orphalese for 12 years. About to board a ship that will take him home, a metaphor for his impending death, Almustafa is approached by the people of Orphalese and especially Almitra, the Seeress. He shares his wisdom regarding life, death and spirituality, which form the basis of the book. It is widely accepted that Gibran saw himself in Almustafa and his patroness and beloved, Mary Haskell, in the Seeress.

Ochiai Francesco Yohei, bass-baritone solo
(opera singer from Japan)

Akiko Otao, soprano solo
(opera singer from Japan based based in Singapore)

Zachary Ibrahim, storyteller
(Singapore actor)

Braddell Heights Symphony

Adrian Tan, conductor

Check out the Events Page for tickets!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

From Bel Canto to Can Belto - 30 Sep 2017

From Bel Canto to Can Belto is a vocal recital featuring Steven Ang, Edwin Orlando Cruz, Chieko Trevatt and Jeth Mangubat, with Winnie Tiopan on the piano and appearances by Jeremy Lee and William Chua. Check out the programme via the link below, and don't forget to get your tickets!

Brahms Requiem by ADDO Chamber Orchestra - 18 Aug 2017

Johannes Brahms
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Presented by ADDO Chamber Orchestra

Clarence Tan, conductor
Sharon Frese, host
Wendy Woon, chorus-master
Wendy Woon, soprano
Alvin Tan, baritone
Leslie Theseira, piano
Abraham Alinea, piano

“Perfect music has its cause. It arises from equilibrium. Equilibrium arises from righteousness, and righteousness arises from the meaning of the cosmos. Therefore, one can speak about music only with a man who has perceived the meaning of the cosmos.” - Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game

In a total break from the Latin texts of the traditional Requiem mass, Ein deutsches Requiem is a psychological poem, using 16 different passages from the Lutheran Bible to make emotional points of Death; what it is to be human; a humanistic approach to the inevitable end.

Baritone Alvin Tan
Inspired by Love, this requiem marks the landmark shift of attitudes towards traditional ideas of death. It marries the grand architecture of a large scale religious work, with its various movements and complex harmonic language; to the more human emotional intimacy and introspection of the Romantics.

Whether this work is the Light for furthering humanistic ideals, Brahms laid bare his uniquely defenceless expression of grief and loneliness, and was perhaps only in search of comfort and equilibrium, and meaning of the cosmos.

Join us this 18 August, Friday, at 8.00pm at the Victoria Concert Hall as we bring to you Brahms's original soprano, baritone, chorus, two piano and timpani version of his magnum opus.

A theatrical take:
In addition to the traditional concert format, Sharon Frese will be performing the role of Clara Schuman, sitting at a writing desk and narrates.  She introduces the piece with brief biography of Brahms, her relationship with him, the stimulus for the work and shares a letter.

(**Excerpted from press release)

Check out the Events Page for tickets!

Nidaros Cathedral Men and Boys Choir - 20 and 21 Oct 2017

Licha Stelaus Productions, a young Singapore-based presenter of classical music concerts, is proud to present the Nidaros Cathedral Men and Boys choir (Nidarosdomens Guttekor) as they take the stage in their Singapore public debut at the Esplanade Concert Hall on the 20th and 21st of October. Be enchanted by their wide repertoire of traditional and classical works, including major pieces such as Giacomo Puccini’s classic Messa di Gloria, which will be performed in its entirety for the first time in Singapore.

As the first young artists under the Licha Stelaus Productions umbrella, Nidarosdomens Guttekor is one of Europe’s most successful choirs with a history that dates back to the 11th Century when Norwegian and English stonemasons were building the Christ Church, Nidaros Cathedral’s predecessor. The choir will take on the rarely performed Messa di Gloria, a famous piece by one of Italy’s greatest opera composers, Giacomo Puccini. Audiences will also be treated to a shining jewel of Norwegian culture right on our own shores when Nidarosdomens Guttekor performs Den Fyrste Song eg Høyra Fekk (First Song My Mother Sang to Me), amongst other Norwegian folk songs for the night.

The talented choristers will be led by the current and artistic director of the choir, Bjørn Moe, who was a former choir boy himself, starting out as a boy soprano at the age of 8 and later singing both tenor and bass. For the first time for the choir, the Director of Music and organist of Nidaros Cathedral – Magne Draagen, will visit Singapore and perform with the choir for the first half of the programme for both nights. A rare treat for all, be enthralled with the melodious tones from the Esplanade’s magnificent pipe organ.

In the 2nd half of both evening performances, Nidarosdoments Guttekor will be accompanied by Singapore’s very own re:SOUND Chamber Orchestra as they perform Puccini's Messa di Gloria. The orchestra is Singapore’s professional chamber orchestra and has four widely successful performances to its name.

(Excerpted from press release)

Check out the Events Page for tickets!

'If You Were A Song' by the SYC Ensemble Singers - 23 and 24 Aug 2017

The SYC Ensemble Singers with Jennifer Tham presents a special programme of pieces by American jazz composer Steve Dobrogosz, accompanied by none other than the composer himself! Check out the press details below:

Name of Event: If You Were A Song – SYC Ensemble Singers with Steve Dobrogosz (piano)

Date and Time: 23 and 24 August 2017, 8pm

Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio

This August, the SYC Ensemble Singers and Jennifer Tham climb aboard the folk-rock-gospel-jazz train that is the music of Steve Dobrogosz. Sweeping in on warm winds, urgent with the energy of the jazz piano, Dobrogosz himself will accompany the choir on a ride through Aspects of Love:  sacred, profane, consummated, unrequited, and every shade in between.

About Steve Dobrogosz
Steve Dobrogosz grew up in the American south where his training as a classical pianist paralleled his fascination with popular music. After moving to Stockholm in ‘78 he became part of Scandinavia's jazz scene as both pianist and composer, before shifting focus to notated composition in the 90s. Dobrogosz's oeuvre includes over 1,000 compositions in a broad spectrum of genres. His duo recordings with Anna Christoffersson received two Swedish Grammy nominations. 

Tickets: $38 from (Google Forms)

Facebook event page:

Monday, July 24, 2017

'Grandmother Tongue' by Wild Rice - 28 Sep to 21 Oct 2017

Last year's big hit at the Singapore Theatre Festival, Grandmother Tongue was nominated for four Life! Theatre Awards this year and will return to the stage from 28 September to 21 October. It will see its original cast Jalyn Han and Rei Poh return to the stage. A special sign-language presentation will take place on 14 October (Saturday, 8pm).

In a Singapore where dialects have been losing relevance for generations, Grandmother Tongue traces a young man’s struggle to connect with his 84-year-old Teochew-speaking grandmother. He teaches her to use a mobile phone. He helps her buy her favourite brand of soya sauce. He visits her in hospital after a fall. Along the way, he begins to understand just what it means to spend decades in linguistic and cultural exile. (Excerpt quoted from press release).

Playwright Thomas Lim, Wild Rice's Artist-in-Residence, explains, 'Grandmother Tongue is a reminder of how difficult it is to reduce our complex linguistic, racial and cultural identities to the monolithic race and 'mother tongue' classifications we often use in Singapore. Such complexity and differences should be celebrated, not regulated.'

Tickets for Grandmother Tongue is available on SISTIC. Get yours via the link below!

The Addams Family Musical - 16 to 26 Nov 2017

Fans of the hilariously morbid Addams Family movies can rejoice that this hit West End musical theatre adaptation will be coming to town. Starring a top-notch cast sourced entirely from the UK, this production promises to be a ton of fun.

Here is the opening scene of the Addams Family Musical as broadcast from the London Palladium.

Check out the Events Page for more information!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cirque du Doleil's 'Kooza' at MBS - till 20 Aug 2017

Cirque du Soleil brings their new show Kooza to Singapore. Now running till 20 August, you can expect heart-stopping acrobatics, hilarious physical comedy from clowns and sweeping live music from their band.

Check out our Facebook Group for exclusive images, and get your tickets at SISTIC!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Interviews with SPOT Singers - Charmaine Tan, Jeremy Koh and Evelyn Ang - 23 June 2017

We speak to Charmaine Ang, Evelyn Toh and Jeremy Koh from Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre to discuss their young company and upcoming concert, :48 - Our Gift to the Life Changers. Teachers. on 23 June 2017 at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Expect an evening of beautiful singing and unexpected audience participation activities. Check out our conversation below to find out more!

The Mad Scene: For readers who are not familiar with SPOT, please tell us what is it, who's in it and what do you guys hope to achieve with this company?

Charmaine: SPOT stands for Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre. We want to bring our performances around (hence the name) to break down barriers for the general public to learn and enjoy classical music through mostly informal settings.

Evelyn: SPOT is a portable, mobile, western opera ensemble that is started by a group of NAFA music alumni who wish to make classical music more accessible and relevant to people. We also see this as an opportunity to give back for all we've so blessedly experienced and received.

Jeremy: To add on, SPOT consists of not only the singers and pianist, but also resident string instrumentalists whom we frequently perform together when we embark on projects, and a support team that consists of composers, playwrights, photographers and volunteers. Check out to see who’s who!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Australia Soprano Deborah Cheetham Live in Singapore - 21 June 2017

Soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham presents a full-length recital in Singapore entitled Songs of Belonging, presenting a programme of classics by Catalani, Cilea, Dvořák , Puccini, Richard Strauss and Vaughan Williams as well as her original compositions inspired by her aboriginal heritage.

Check out the Esplanade's website for more information, and get your tickets at SISTIC!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sister Act at MBS in Review

Written by Jeremy Lee

I’ll admit it, when I first heard that the iconic 1992 comedy Sister Act was being made into a stage musical, I was sceptical. But then I thought, if Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever could be made into successful jukebox musicals, why not Sister Act?

Then I heard that it was going to have all-original music, and I started to have my doubts again.  After all, part of the reason why Sister Act was so popular was because of its soundtrack, which had RandB songs performed by imitable EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg and her nun chorus. Remember hits such as “I Will Follow You”, “My Guy (My God)” and the pure ecstasy of “Shout”?

Why take away these great songs and replace them with new songs that people won’t know?

Monday, June 5, 2017

FREE: SLO's Opera in the Park - 17 June 2017

The Singapore Lyric Opera's popular Opera in the Park series returns on 17 June 2017 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This year's instalment features winners from last year's SLO-ASEAN Vocal Competition. They include Open Category Winners Izen Kong, tenor, Zhang Jie, soprano and Junior Category Winners Lauren Yeo and Melissa Hecker.

Izen Kong
Zhang Jie

Lauren Yeo
Melissa Hecker
Supporting these four prize-winning soloists are the Singapore Lyric Opera Chorus (led by Terrence Toh), Children's Choir (led by Rose Loh) and Orchestra (led by Joshua Kangming Tan) As usual admission is free. So bring a nice mat and pack up your picnic basket. See you at the Botanic Gardens on 17 June!