Monday, October 20, 2014

RWS's Priscilla Queen of The Desert - 16 Oct 2014

Hawk and I had a drag of a time yesterday's performance of Pricilla, Queen of the Desert. This jukebox musical meshes the plot of the groundbreaking Australian film about three drag queens on a road trip with famous disco hits and Kylie songs into a disco song-and-dance extravaganza. It runs at RWS till 26 October. Get tickets at the Events Page (!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

International Festival Chorus's '40 Years of Song' - 15 November 2014 (Saturday)

The International Festival Chorus will present their Christmas-themed 40th anniversary concert. New Music Director Masako Johnson will make her debut with help from accompanist Francesca Lee. The main highlight of the evening is J.S. Bach's beloved Magnificat, featuring orchestra My Symphonic Hall and  a cast of soloists (I'm the bass soloist, yay!!!)

The concert will be held at the SOTA Concert Hall at 7.30pm on 15 November 2014. Regular tickets are $25 and concession tickets are $10. Email to make your order. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Interviews with SLO's 'Merry Widow' Cast

Hawk and I are up to our usual antics stalking down the cast of SLO's The Merry Widow for a little chit chat. What's different this time is that since I'm making my local operatic debut in a supporting role, I suppose I should put my money where my mouth is and join in the fun! So here are our sessions:

John Bolton Wood and Tiffany Speight play Baron Zeta and his wife Valencienne respectively. Both singers are top-tier Australian performers and have been working in top companies for many years. They also happen to be really delightful to speak to:

Next up is a chat with the local cast, which includes Jeremy KohSu Yiwen and myself. Being on the receiving end of an interview is still a new experience for me, I hope its something that gets better with practice:

Friday, October 10, 2014

20% Discount off SLO Merry Widow Tickets for Mad Scene Readers!!!

The Singapore Lyric Opera is offering 20% off all ticket ranges for the upcoming The Merry Widow for readers of The Mad Scene. For every batch of four tickets purchased, simply quote the promo code "Madscene" on the SISTIC website or at the counter to receive the discount. On my part, its so great to be working with such a professional team who is here to do a good job. Do check us out at the Esplanade Theatre from 24 to 26 October 2014. Tickets can be purchased at SISTIC.

Zubin Mehta in Singapore - 11 November 2014

Zubin Mehta will appear with the Israel Philharmonic, where he is currently appointed Music Director, at MBS on 11 November 2014. Here's more information:

World-Renowned Maestro Zubin Mehta Conducts Israel Philharmonic in Singapore

One of the world’s greatest conductors Zubin Mehta, will conduct the highly acclaimed Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on 11 November 2014 at the MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands. Known for a conducting style that is described as impassioned, forceful and flamboyant, maestro Mehta will lead the Philharmonic on Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor for Four Violins, Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 (Linz) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. The “Linz” Symphony, written by Mozart in Linz, Austria, in four days, begins with a slow intensity, building up to a fiery allegro and a finale that races at breakneck speed, demanding Mehta’s masterful control of all the orchestral elements. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 mirrors this emotionally charged build-up and is a narrative that blossoms from tragedy to rousing triumph. It is a stirring performance, first recorded by Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic as early as 1964. The programme will display Mehta’s mastery of his craft and an intimate, intuitive understanding of an orchestra he has conducted for over 45 years, having handpicked each of its 110 musicians.

Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Date & time: Tues, 11 Nov 2014, 7:30pm
Venue: MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Price: $90, $150, $250, $350 and $450

Tickets available at SISTIC.

Congratulations to Rachelle and Byeong-In

In a country where even the government has to campaign for us to get married, it seems so unlikely that sparks can fly on a serious opera set of all places. But that's what happened in our previous production of Cosi fan Tutte, which has resulted in a romantic pairing between our Fiordiligi and Gulielmo in what can only be described as a whirlwind romance. We would like to extend our congratulations to Rachelle Gerodias and Park Byeong-In, may they lead a happy and fulfilling life together!

Monday, October 6, 2014

SLO Star Nicholas Ransley in BBC Opera

This old BBC production stars SLO Merry Widow star Nicholas Ransley in a 'flash mob' pastiche opera at a train station, featuring an original storyline about a football maniac (he supports Charlton whatever that is) being dumped by his football widow girlfriend who is in turn seduced by a sexy black man. Check out the hilarious original lyrics superimposed onto the tunes of Mozart, Verdi et al. Its all very fun and brings an interesting perspective into these tunes even for a seasoned opera lover. Video quality is bad and audio is only on one side, but the material is quite a hoot and singing is mostly good too (the tenor and soprano are anyway). Jump to 5:30 to skip the lengthy introduction and get right to the singing.

Oh yes, and I should mention on this site too that I, Steven Ang, am finally making my debut with the SLO in this production! I'll be performing the role of Njegus, a largely spoken role but one that has many scenes in all three acts. Just started rehearsals today and really excited about what's coming up. Wish me luck!

And do come and support Nicholas, myself and our large cast of UK and Singapore-based colleagues from 24 to 26 October 2014 at the Esplanade Theatre. Check out SISTIC for tickets!