Saturday, September 1, 2018

Our 10th Anniversary

The Mad Scene turns 10 today! A special thank you to everyone who has contributed and has been featured on it.  Most importantly, big thank yous to our readersover the years. We couldn’t have done it without you!


Friday, August 24, 2018

'Singapore Trilogy' by L'Arietta - 12 to 14 Oct 2018

Singapore Trilogy
12 and 14 October 2018
The Blue Room and The Living Room, Arts House

Chamber opera company L’arietta Productions presents Singapore Trilogy, three chamber operas composed by Dr. Chen Zhangyi. The show features veteran singers Yee Ee-Ping, Akiko Otao, Jonathan Charles Tay and Felicia Teo, as well as the new generation of Singaporean singers, Ng Jingyun, Phoebe Chee, and Ng Samuel. Collaborating artist Alvin Mark Tan joins the team for a multi-sensory journey.

Dr. Chen Zhangyi
Singapore Trilogy follows milestone moments in a regular Singaporean’s life. In Laksa Cantata, on the Bride’s big day, the groom wants to serve laksa, but she doesn’t! Can they learn to compromises and start their new chapter as a married couple with or without Singapore’s favourite dish?

In Window Shopping, an older woman and a young bright-eyed girl explores the personal relationship one has with themselves and how each of us develops over time in a shoe shop. Is there such a thing as the perfect pair? The perfect life?

And finally in the newly commissioned work Kopi for One, a familiar kopi aunty welcomes a woman who has returned after a long time away. The waitress encourages the father to tell his daughter how much he loves her. In a culture where love is shown with actions instead of with words, do we really say what we want to our closest ones? Can a cup of kopi save their relationship? Bring your loved ones, sip a cup of kopi and watch these stories unfold.

This is a rare opportunity to see not one but three chamber operas by a local composer who is making waves abroad, performed by a top-notch cast of local talents. Check out the Events Page for more information and for tickets!

Interview with Leslie Tay and Teng Xiang-Ting - Concert on 5 Sep 2018

Here is a live video interview with Leslie Tay and Teng Xiang-Ting by Hawk Liu, about their upcoming concert Life is Ha Ha Happiness on 5 September 2018 at the Esplanade Recital Studio, posted on Hawk's website. Click on the link below to watch!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Aiyoh... a Vocal Recital - 30 Sep 2018

Presenting Aiyoh..., a vocal recital by four regular performers in the Singapore arts scene: Steven Ang (ME!), Randy Tan, Kei Lau and William Chua, feature a special appearance by girl group The Durian Sisters (Yew Yun Yu, Laura Maurer Stroh and Mathilda Bellanger). It will be held on 30 September 2018, 7.30pm at Aliwal Arts Centre.

Check out the promo trailer below, filmd at the University of Greenwich where the Do You Hear the People Sing scene in the 2012 Les Miz movie was also filmed, and log on to Peatix for the full programme and tickets!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Album Crowdfunding Campaign - Night Garden by Jo Anne Sukumaran

Singaporean bassoonist Jo Anne Sukumaran needs your help to crowdfund her debut album. She is an experienced musician who has played professionally in orchestras around the world including Australia, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Inspired by a meditation retreat at St. John's Island, Jo Anne's debut album nature-inspired programe includes pieces by Phillippe Hersant, Charles Koechlin and Manuel de Falla.

The crowdfunding campaign starts on 7 September 2018. Meanwhile, check out her website below for more information about the album and the artist.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Interview Feature - Soprano Christina Thè

Our correspondent Alvin Koh interviewed Singaporean-Australian soprano Christina Thè, currently serving as artist-in-residence at New Opera Singapore and will be featured in their upcoming production of Dialogues of the Carmelites, 3 and 5 August 2018. Check out their exchange below!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Opera in the Park 2018 - Gounod and Bernstein - 23 June 2018

The Singapore Lyric Opera with its combined Children's Choir, Chorus, Orchestra and singers from the Artists Training Programme together with conductor Joshua Kangming Tan present an evening of operatic delights in the natural beauty of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

The evning's soloists are Cherie Tse, Zhang Jie, Chieko Sato, Zerlina Tan, Jack Sun Zhaorui and Dennis Lau from the Artists Training Programme. In commemoration of the birthdays of Charles Gounod and Leonard Bernstein, They will present many arias and duets from Romeo et Juliette, Faust, Trouble in Tahiti and West Side Story.

Additionally, the combined chorus and orchestra will present an encore performance of the Triumphal March from Aida. If you have missed our exciting run earlier or would like to experience its magic again, now is your chance to do so!

Opera in the Park takes place at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Symphony Stage, 23 June 2018, Saturday at 6pm. Admission is FREE!