Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Opera in the Park 2011

The Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO)'s popular annual Opera in the Park series is taking place once again at the Botanic Gardens on 11 June 2011. On the bill is a cast of familiar and new faces to SLO regulars. Here's a quick introduction to who we will be hearing this coming Saturday:



JOSHUA KANGMING TAN - Conductor

2nd Prize winner of the 2008 Dimitri Mitropoulos International Competition and Juilliard graduate, Singaporean conductor JoshuaKangming Tan’s rise to prominence on the international scene has
been marked by recent sensational debuts in Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Mariinsky Hall, Taiwan, Japan, Shanghai and Beijing. He has won numerous awards and scholarships, including the
Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award, NAC-Shell Scholarship and is the first ever recipient of the Charles Schiff Conducting Prize from the Juilliard School for outstanding achievement.

Joshua has come to the attention of the leading conductors of today and has been mentored by James DePreist, Charles Dutoit, David Zinman and Kurt Masur. Recent engagements include performances with the National Center for Performing Arts Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Russiche Kammerphilharmonie, Macao Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra,
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Kaoshiung City Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra and the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, amongst others.

Upcoming highlights include concert debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Academic Symphony Orchestra of St Petersburg Philharmonia and the Okayama Symphony Orchestra.


CHERYLENE LIEW – Soprano

Born in Singapore, Cherylene Liew studied at The University of Queensland, Australia, under the tutelage of Mark Jowett where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Honours Class I) and a Master of Philosophy in Music Performance (Voice).

During her time in Australia, she was Musician-in-Residence at St. John’s College, The University of Queensland. There, she conducted the St. John’s College Choral Scholars, as well as the St. John’s College Inter-College Choral Festival Choir. Cherylene was also a Pipe Organ Scholar at the college for 4
years.

Cherylene has performed as a soloist extensively in Australia, making regular appearances at The University of Queensland’s Lunchtime Concert Series and the Customs House Concert Series. In Singapore, Cherylene performed at Singapore Lyric Opera’s Opera in the Park, Airs d’Opera for The National Museum’s Christian Lacroix Exhibition, as well as, The Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and Frasquita in Carmen, both also by the Singapore Lyric Opera.


EVELYN ANG - Soprano

Evelyn graduated from the degree course at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) with a BA (Hons) in Music (Second upper) in 2010. She was awarded the Tan Ngiang Kaw/Tan Ngiang Ann Music Merit Award for the academic year 2009-2010. Evelyn spent her years at NAFA under the tutelage of renowned soprano, Nancy Yuen and has performed in four Opera Scenes held at the Lee Foundation Theatre.
Some of her roles include Valencienne in excerpts from Lehar’s The Merry Widow in 2008 and 2009, Armida in excerpts from Handel’s Rinaldo, 2009 and Pamina in excerpts from Mozart’s The Magic Flute in 2009.

Evelyn has also worked with several young local composers in the premiere of their pieces
and has shared many wonderful performances with the Singapore Lyric Opera Chorus and the NAFA Choir. She is an active recitalist who has performed in numerous concerts in NAFA, the Esplanade Concourse,
the Esplanade Concert Hall, Kuching (Sarawak) and Johor Bahru (Malaysia). Evelyn is currently studying under tenor, Lim Shieh Yih, the Head of the Voice faculty at NAFA.


MELVIN TAN – Tenor

Described as the “star of the evening” and a “gifted Tenor… gloriously rich, musical voice that instantly captivated and enthralled”(Oxford Times), Singapore-born Melvin studied at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) (London), graduating with honours, and awarded the Bilsland Prize and 2nd prize
in the Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Competition adjudicated by Simon Keenlyside. The only Singaporean
finalist at the recent 1st Singapore International Vocal Competition, Melvin was also a finalist at the 1st Festa
Canzona Art Song competition (Singapore), winning the Lieder prize.

Melvin graduated with a Masters in English Literature (University of Edinburgh) then received a National Arts Council bursary to study at the RAM with Diane Forlano and Dominic Wheeler. Melvin has participated in master classes with Robert Tear, Philip Langridge, Sergei Leiferkus, and Ioan Hollander. In 2009/2010, Melvin joined the Flanders Opera Studio (Belgium) performing Oronte in Handel’s Alcina and creating multiple roles in the world premiere of Brackx’s La mort au Bal Masqué. For the SLO, Melvin has performed notably as Pang in Puccini’s Turandot, Cascada in Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Andrès/Cochenille/Frantz/Pitichinaccio in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffman and was Tenor Soloist in its Opera in the Park Concert 2010. In the UK, Melvin has sung with Opera South, Guildford Opera, Clonter Opera, Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera and Garsington Opera. Recently, Melvin was the Tenor Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the World Expo, Shanghai under Maestro Cao Peng.


REUBAN LAI - Tenor
Singaporean tenor Reuben Lai studied at the Guildhall in London under David Pollard and with Peter Alexander Wilson and Stephen Robertson at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

While studying in Scotland, Reuben was selected to sing for numerous masterclasses and was the runner up for the prestigious Ye Cronies Opera Prize. He is also the first Singaporean to be awarded for the prestigious Samling scholarship and participated in public and private performances at the Sage, Gatehead in Newcastle with Sir Thomas Allen and Isobel Buchanan. He was also invited to sing for Jose Cura for an international project at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2008.

Recent operatic roles that Reuben has performed include Lenski in Evgeny Onegin, the Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmelites. Described as a “…first rate tenor” by Opera magazine for his role as Truffaldino in L’amour des trios oranges by Prokofiev. Reuben was in demand as a concert and oratorio singer throughout the UK, and his repertoire included Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation and numerous masses. He was also until recently a full time member of the chorus at Glyndebourne opera, and covered the role of Bardolfo for them on tour.



WILLIAM LIM - Baritone
Born in Singapore, William Lim studied under Michael Rippon in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong, Rudolf Pierney in The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and Patrick McGuigan in The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He was awarded the Silver Rose Award
at the Rosa Ponselle International Voice Competition, New York.

William has sung in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Don Giovanni, Bizet’s Carmen, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, The Midsummer Night’s Dream, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Verdi’s La Traviata, Ernani, Rigoletto, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Die Fledermaus, Suchraritkul’s Mae Naak, Weill’s Street Scenes, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, St. Pauls, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, B Minor Mass, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, The Creation etc- all these in collaboration with The Singapore Lyric Opera, The Singapore Symphony Orchestra, The Hong Kong Oratorio Society, The Hong Kong Singers, The Bangkok Opera, The Penang Art’s Council, Friends of the Scottish Opera, Choral Trust Chamber Ensemble in Nottingham (England), Lleisiau Gwent Choral Society (Wales) and Orpheus Choir (England).

In recent years, William sang My Dream for the National Day Parade (2001) as well as the
Olympic Anthem for the 2005 IOC Opening. In 2006, William has sung Dottore Bartolo in
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Bass solos in Bach’s Mass in B minor and Poulenc’s Le Bal Masque
and Silver Screen concert for Singapore Lyric Opera.

In 2007, William has sung in SLO’s Viva Verdi and Basilio in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and
SSO’s Seven Last Words from the Cross by MacMillan. In 2008, William will take part in The
Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s Mass in B minor by Bach, Te Deum by Charpentier, Haydn’s
Lord Nelson Mass and Donizetti’s Il Campanello di Notte and Weill’s Three Penny Opera for
Bangkok’s NUNI production.

Works for 2009 include Singapore Lyric Opera’s production of Offenbach’s Les Contes
D’Hoffmann, Haydn’s Nelson Mass for Nanyang Academy for Fine Arts, Mozart’s Vespaere
solennes de Confessore for the Festival Chorus, Airs d’Opera for National Museum’s Christian
Lacroix Exhibition and the Singapore Arts Festival’s Final Fantasy concert.

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