Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Review: Chanticleer's 'Over the Moon' - 4 Oct 2015

American choir Chanticleer's concert Over the Moon this past Sunday 4 October sealed their reputation as one of the world's premier vocal ensembles. Their beautifully clear vocals blended beautifully, singing and moving in perfect synchronisation, performing intricate pieces and arrangements from a broad variety of styles.

Their varied programme had segments in pieces by standard classical composers, renaissance works, cycles by contemporary American composers, arrangements of classic pop and jazz songs and American spirituals.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pappano's Aida - Available from Oct 2015

Warner Classics presents a brand new studio recording of Aida, conducted by Antonio Pappano with Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko's baby-daddy Erwin Schrott in the leads. As usual it takes a Greek soprano to do Italian opera well. Check out the making of video here, and more information via the link below:,0825646106639/antonio-pappano-verdi-aida?eml=2015October2/2766873/6225064&etsubid=83092297

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SLO 25th Anniversary Gala - 13 Nov 2015

This year's SLO Gala Concert is on 13 November at the Esplanade Concert Hall, and will feature soprano Nancy Yuen in her first appearance as artistic director. Also on the bill are baritones Song Kee-Chang and Martin Ng, tenor Lee Jae-Wook and mezzo-soprano Anna Koor. Check out their website for details on programme and tickets.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Dream Academy's Crazy Christmas 2015 - 10 to 19 Dec

Dream Academy presents their annual Crazy Christmas revue, poking fun at recent events including SG50 celebrations, elections and the haze. The company will also be celebrating their own 15 year anniversary. Acts performing include the Dim Sum Dollies, Pam Oei, Broadway Beng, Petrina Kow, Karen Tan Michaela Therese, George Chan, Robin Goh, a capella group Vocaluptuous and drag legend Kumar. They will also be joined by a choir specially formed by kids from Nanyang
Primary School and seniors from the Henderson Senior Activity Centre. Check out the Events Page for more information!

Friday, September 25, 2015

'Sleeping Beauty on Ice' at MBS (till 27 Sep 2015)

Russia's Imperial Ice Stars presented their touring production of Sleeping Beauty on Ice. I found a most stunning production with the most graceful cast of skaters/dancers. In addition to top-notch routines set to Tchaikovsky's sweeping music, this production went beyond the expected ballet performance on skates to include fiery pyrotechnics and aerial acrobatics with dancers swung from wires or grabbing on pieces of cloth. At one point the dancer playing Princess Aurora (Olga Sharutenko) even traded in her skates for a pair of pointe shoes and danced the entire scene on her tippy-toes - ON ICE! Playing the maniacal villians, Alexandr Kazakov and Maria Mukhortova stole the show with their campy theatrics, as did Yahor Maistrou in his energetic routines as the butler Carabosse. A superbly energetic encore closed the show.

Tickets are available at SISTIC, do catch it before its run finishes on 27 September!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Interview with Chanticleer (SG Concert on 4 Oct 2015)

The San Francisco-based, Grammy Award-winning all-male choral group Chanticleer returns to Singapore as part of their 2015/16 tour. This is the first season that is curated by their new artistic director Fred William Scott, and will also see them perform in Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai and Macau. The Mad Scene speaks to Kory Reid, Chanticleer's Assistant Music Director and countertenor with the ensemble, to find out what we can look forward to on 4 October:

Monday, September 21, 2015

Victoria Chorale's 'In Song '15' - 27 Sep 2015 (Sun)

Victoria Chorale will be staging their annual In Song concert series on 27th September at Victoria Concert Hall. They will be performing a diverse range of music including arrangements of American folk songs such as Deep River (Philip Lawson) and Shenandoah (Donald Cashmore), contemporary settings of hymns - O Salutaris Hostia (Ēriks Ešenvalds) and O Lux Beata Trinitas (Kerry Andrew) among many other numbers.

Tickets are priced at S$20.
Group discount at S$18, available with minimum order of 10 tickets.

Please contact for tickets.