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 http://www.svbc.sg).

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 sabrina@bellepoque.com.sg 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 http://hawkliuh.wixsite.com/singing/interviews-2017.

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!