This year's edition of the Singapore Lyric Opera's popular Opera in the Park takes place at 6pm on 9 June, featuring Melvin Tan, Cherylene Liew, Anna Koor and a thus far unconfirmed baritone soloist, as well as the SLO Orchestra conducted by Joshua Kangming Tan.
Rossini’s Barber of Seville -‐ Overture (SLO Orchestra)
-‐ Largo al factotum (solo: baritone)
-‐ Una voce poco fa (solo: mezzo soprano)
Dvorak’s Rusalka -‐ Song to the Moon (solo: soprano)
Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi -‐ O Mio Babbino Caro (solo: soprano)
Saint -‐Saëns’ Samson and Delilah
-‐ Bacchanale (SLO Orchestra)
-‐ Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix (solo: mezzo soprano)
Puccini’s Manon Lescaut -‐ Donna non Vidi Mai (solo: tenor)
-‐ Tu, tu, amore (duet: soprano and tenor)
-‐ Act 3: Intermezzo ( Orchestra)
-‐ Sola, perduta, abbandonata (soprano)
E Morricone’s Nella Fantasia
*The programme and artistes are subject to change
Here's a quick description from their press release:
Opera in the Park has seen people from all walks of life come forward to embrace what opera has to offer. Setting Opera in the Park at the Singapore Botanic Gardens has made the art form more accessible to the general public, with a dynamic audience enjoying classic opera songs performed in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
Said Miss Ng Siew Eng, General Manager of SLO, “Opera in the Park started in 2008 as our outreach programme. It has been five good years of opera music in the park. We have seen the number of audience increasing over the last five years. When we first started, we were nervous about the audience that will come and also if anyone would come at all. People say opera is boring but time has proven that people love opera and how familiar tunes are. We are heartened to know that opera is no longer seen as boring. I believe our audience just loves the music and all those singing. I believe Opera in the Park has a place in the social and arts calendar here.
We have been very fortunate to have our partners, National Parks Board, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore Press Holdings, Totalisator Board and Arts Fund, and the Lee Foundation, to partner with us to bring such beautiful music to the people.
Opera in the Park has also become our platform to provide opportunities to our young musicians in the SLO Orchestra, conductors like Joshua Tan Kang Ming and Darrell Ang, singers like Melvin Tan, Reuben Lai and Cherylene Liew amongst others, to captivate audience with those lovely voices and melodies. We have no great plans to mark the fifth anniversary Opera in the Park but will continue to make it a household name in the performance circle.”