Thursday, August 3, 2017

From Bel Canto to Can Belto - 30 Sep 2017


From Bel Canto to Can Belto is a vocal recital featuring Steven Ang, Edwin Orlando Cruz, Chieko Trevatt and Jeth Mangubat, with Winnie Tiopan on the piano and appearances by Jeremy Lee and William Chua. Check out the programme via the link below, and don't forget to get your tickets!

http://frombelcanto2canbelto.peatix.com

Brahms Requiem by ADDO Chamber Orchestra - 18 Aug 2017


Johannes Brahms
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Presented by ADDO Chamber Orchestra

Clarence Tan, conductor
Sharon Frese, host
Wendy Woon, chorus-master
Wendy Woon, soprano
Alvin Tan, baritone
Leslie Theseira, piano
Abraham Alinea, piano



“Perfect music has its cause. It arises from equilibrium. Equilibrium arises from righteousness, and righteousness arises from the meaning of the cosmos. Therefore, one can speak about music only with a man who has perceived the meaning of the cosmos.” - Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game

In a total break from the Latin texts of the traditional Requiem mass, Ein deutsches Requiem is a psychological poem, using 16 different passages from the Lutheran Bible to make emotional points of Death; what it is to be human; a humanistic approach to the inevitable end.

Baritone Alvin Tan
Inspired by Love, this requiem marks the landmark shift of attitudes towards traditional ideas of death. It marries the grand architecture of a large scale religious work, with its various movements and complex harmonic language; to the more human emotional intimacy and introspection of the Romantics.

Whether this work is the Light for furthering humanistic ideals, Brahms laid bare his uniquely defenceless expression of grief and loneliness, and was perhaps only in search of comfort and equilibrium, and meaning of the cosmos.

Join us this 18 August, Friday, at 8.00pm at the Victoria Concert Hall as we bring to you Brahms's original soprano, baritone, chorus, two piano and timpani version of his magnum opus.

A theatrical take:
In addition to the traditional concert format, Sharon Frese will be performing the role of Clara Schuman, sitting at a writing desk and narrates.  She introduces the piece with brief biography of Brahms, her relationship with him, the stimulus for the work and shares a letter.



(**Excerpted from press release)



Check out the Events Page for tickets!

Nidaros Cathedral Men and Boys Choir - 20 and 21 Oct 2017


Licha Stelaus Productions, a young Singapore-based presenter of classical music concerts, is proud to present the Nidaros Cathedral Men and Boys choir (Nidarosdomens Guttekor) as they take the stage in their Singapore public debut at the Esplanade Concert Hall on the 20th and 21st of October. Be enchanted by their wide repertoire of traditional and classical works, including major pieces such as Giacomo Puccini’s classic Messa di Gloria, which will be performed in its entirety for the first time in Singapore.

As the first young artists under the Licha Stelaus Productions umbrella, Nidarosdomens Guttekor is one of Europe’s most successful choirs with a history that dates back to the 11th Century when Norwegian and English stonemasons were building the Christ Church, Nidaros Cathedral’s predecessor. The choir will take on the rarely performed Messa di Gloria, a famous piece by one of Italy’s greatest opera composers, Giacomo Puccini. Audiences will also be treated to a shining jewel of Norwegian culture right on our own shores when Nidarosdomens Guttekor performs Den Fyrste Song eg Høyra Fekk (First Song My Mother Sang to Me), amongst other Norwegian folk songs for the night.


The talented choristers will be led by the current and artistic director of the choir, Bjørn Moe, who was a former choir boy himself, starting out as a boy soprano at the age of 8 and later singing both tenor and bass. For the first time for the choir, the Director of Music and organist of Nidaros Cathedral – Magne Draagen, will visit Singapore and perform with the choir for the first half of the programme for both nights. A rare treat for all, be enthralled with the melodious tones from the Esplanade’s magnificent pipe organ.

In the 2nd half of both evening performances, Nidarosdoments Guttekor will be accompanied by Singapore’s very own re:SOUND Chamber Orchestra as they perform Puccini's Messa di Gloria. The orchestra is Singapore’s professional chamber orchestra and has four widely successful performances to its name.

(Excerpted from press release)



Check out the Events Page for tickets!

'If You Were A Song' by the SYC Ensemble Singers - 23 and 24 Aug 2017


The SYC Ensemble Singers with Jennifer Tham presents a special programme of pieces by American jazz composer Steve Dobrogosz, accompanied by none other than the composer himself! Check out the press details below:



Name of Event: If You Were A Song – SYC Ensemble Singers with Steve Dobrogosz (piano)

Date and Time: 23 and 24 August 2017, 8pm

Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio

Synopsis:
This August, the SYC Ensemble Singers and Jennifer Tham climb aboard the folk-rock-gospel-jazz train that is the music of Steve Dobrogosz. Sweeping in on warm winds, urgent with the energy of the jazz piano, Dobrogosz himself will accompany the choir on a ride through Aspects of Love:  sacred, profane, consummated, unrequited, and every shade in between.


About Steve Dobrogosz
Steve Dobrogosz grew up in the American south where his training as a classical pianist paralleled his fascination with popular music. After moving to Stockholm in ‘78 he became part of Scandinavia's jazz scene as both pianist and composer, before shifting focus to notated composition in the 90s. Dobrogosz's oeuvre includes over 1,000 compositions in a broad spectrum of genres. His duo recordings with Anna Christoffersson received two Swedish Grammy nominations. 

Tickets: $38 from www.tinyurl.com/ifyouwereasong (Google Forms)

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/804349393054502


Monday, July 24, 2017

'Grandmother Tongue' by Wild Rice - 28 Sep to 21 Oct 2017


Last year's big hit at the Singapore Theatre Festival, Grandmother Tongue was nominated for four Life! Theatre Awards this year and will return to the stage from 28 September to 21 October. It will see its original cast Jalyn Han and Rei Poh return to the stage. A special sign-language presentation will take place on 14 October (Saturday, 8pm).

In a Singapore where dialects have been losing relevance for generations, Grandmother Tongue traces a young man’s struggle to connect with his 84-year-old Teochew-speaking grandmother. He teaches her to use a mobile phone. He helps her buy her favourite brand of soya sauce. He visits her in hospital after a fall. Along the way, he begins to understand just what it means to spend decades in linguistic and cultural exile. (Excerpt quoted from press release).

Playwright Thomas Lim, Wild Rice's Artist-in-Residence, explains, 'Grandmother Tongue is a reminder of how difficult it is to reduce our complex linguistic, racial and cultural identities to the monolithic race and 'mother tongue' classifications we often use in Singapore. Such complexity and differences should be celebrated, not regulated.'

Tickets for Grandmother Tongue is available on SISTIC. Get yours via the link below!

http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/ctongue1017

The Addams Family Musical - 16 to 26 Nov 2017


Fans of the hilariously morbid Addams Family movies can rejoice that this hit West End musical theatre adaptation will be coming to town. Starring a top-notch cast sourced entirely from the UK, this production promises to be a ton of fun.

Here is the opening scene of the Addams Family Musical as broadcast from the London Palladium.



Check out the Events Page for more information!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cirque du Doleil's 'Kooza' at MBS - till 20 Aug 2017


Cirque du Soleil brings their new show Kooza to Singapore. Now running till 20 August, you can expect heart-stopping acrobatics, hilarious physical comedy from clowns and sweeping live music from their band.



Check out our Facebook Group for exclusive images, and get your tickets at SISTIC!





Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Interviews with SPOT Singers - Charmaine Tan, Jeremy Koh and Evelyn Ang - 23 June 2017


We speak to Charmaine Ang, Evelyn Toh and Jeremy Koh from Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre to discuss their young company and upcoming concert, :48 - Our Gift to the Life Changers. Teachers. on 23 June 2017 at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Expect an evening of beautiful singing and unexpected audience participation activities. Check out our conversation below to find out more!



The Mad Scene: For readers who are not familiar with SPOT, please tell us what is it, who's in it and what do you guys hope to achieve with this company?

Charmaine: SPOT stands for Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre. We want to bring our performances around (hence the name) to break down barriers for the general public to learn and enjoy classical music through mostly informal settings.

Evelyn: SPOT is a portable, mobile, western opera ensemble that is started by a group of NAFA music alumni who wish to make classical music more accessible and relevant to people. We also see this as an opportunity to give back for all we've so blessedly experienced and received.

Jeremy: To add on, SPOT consists of not only the singers and pianist, but also resident string instrumentalists whom we frequently perform together when we embark on projects, and a support team that consists of composers, playwrights, photographers and volunteers. Check out www.singaporepocketopera.com to see who’s who!


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Australia Soprano Deborah Cheetham Live in Singapore - 21 June 2017


Soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham presents a full-length recital in Singapore entitled Songs of Belonging, presenting a programme of classics by Catalani, Cilea, Dvořák , Puccini, Richard Strauss and Vaughan Williams as well as her original compositions inspired by her aboriginal heritage.

Check out the Esplanade's website for more information, and get your tickets at SISTIC!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sister Act at MBS in Review


Written by Jeremy Lee

I’ll admit it, when I first heard that the iconic 1992 comedy Sister Act was being made into a stage musical, I was sceptical. But then I thought, if Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever could be made into successful jukebox musicals, why not Sister Act?

Then I heard that it was going to have all-original music, and I started to have my doubts again.  After all, part of the reason why Sister Act was so popular was because of its soundtrack, which had RandB songs performed by imitable EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg and her nun chorus. Remember hits such as “I Will Follow You”, “My Guy (My God)” and the pure ecstasy of “Shout”?

Why take away these great songs and replace them with new songs that people won’t know?

Monday, June 5, 2017

FREE: SLO's Opera in the Park - 17 June 2017


The Singapore Lyric Opera's popular Opera in the Park series returns on 17 June 2017 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. This year's instalment features winners from last year's SLO-ASEAN Vocal Competition. They include Open Category Winners Izen Kong, tenor, Zhang Jie, soprano and Junior Category Winners Lauren Yeo and Melissa Hecker.

Izen Kong
Zhang Jie

Lauren Yeo
Melissa Hecker
Supporting these four prize-winning soloists are the Singapore Lyric Opera Chorus (led by Terrence Toh), Children's Choir (led by Rose Loh) and Orchestra (led by Joshua Kangming Tan) As usual admission is free. So bring a nice mat and pack up your picnic basket. See you at the Botanic Gardens on 17 June!




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MBS: West Side Story live in Singapore - 13 to 23 Sep 2017


After a slew of movie adaptations and kiddie musicals, MBS finally brings in a piece of original musical theatre with serious gravitas. This production of West Side Story features an American cast that has already played in the UK, Tokyo and Sydney to great acclaim. Catch them when they arrive in Singapore, get your tickets at SISTIC via the Event Page!




Legend of Zelda in Concert - 26 Aug 2017


Conductor Jessica Gethin and her chorus and orchestra presents a concert of music from the video games series The Legend of Zelda, reimagined as a five-movement symphony.

If you have spent your tender years guiding Link on his quest to save the Princess, this show is the one for you. See you at MBS's MasterCard Theatres on 26 August 2017. Get your tickets at SISTIC!

'The Bald Soprano' by Wild Rice's Young and Wild Company


Wild Rice's Young and Wild company is presenting a production of Eugene Ionesco’s classic comedy The Bald Soprano.

The Bald Soprano is a bold, raucous play about the tragedy of language. As the six characters meet and engage in conversation, sense and nonsense collide, platitudes replace substance and dialogue becomes drama. Soon enough, reality starts to break down as language loses all meaning!

Sounds like a hilarious evening in the theatre. Get your tickets at SISTIC!

Cosentino Magic Show - 17 Aug at MBS


Cosentino brings his live magic act to Singapore! Featuring a series of death-defying, mind-boggling tricks and stunts, this is the magic show to catch. Get your tickets at SISTIC!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

SPOT :48, Our Gift to the Life Changers. Teachers. - 23 June 2017


Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre presents a tribute concert to the teachers in our lives. Bring a teacher (of any subject) to the concert and receive a discount for your efforts. SMS space [48 discount] to 98680243 to receive your discount code.

Serenading you for the night are:
Sopranos Charmaine Tan, Evelyn Ang and Felicia Teo
Tenors Jeremy Koh, Alan Lau and Kee Loi-Seng
Baritone Alvin Tan
Pianist Vincent Chen

Here is your chance to be your teacher's favourite pet. Check out the Events Page for details!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MBS's Sister Act - Interviews with Cast and Creative Team - Running till 28 May 2017


Hawk and I (Steven Ang) spent a fun afternoon interviewing the cast and creative team of the sequins and gospel extravaganza that is Sister Act, now running till 28 May.

First up, Sophie Kim from South Korea share with us what the musical theatre scene in South Korea is like, and how she made it from there to the glittery lights of Broadway.



Next, North Carolinian Brandon Godfrey tells us how one gets to become the go-to actor for bad guys. Through lots of weight lifting in the gym!



Associate Director Steven Beckler and Janet Rothermel share with us the excitement of opening their Asian tour here in Singapore, and how one gets to be in a Whoopi Goldberg musical adaptation!



Lastly, musical director Christopher Babbage share with us the intricacies of performing with a disco band and a large cast from around the world.



These interviews and more can also be found on Hawk's website at http://hawkliuh.wixsite.com/singing/interviews-2017.

As usual, we have exclusive production pictures on our Facebook Group.

Sister Act at MBS runs till 28 May 2017. Ticketing information available on the Event Page!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Interview with Elena Xanthoudakis, SLO's 'L'elisir d'amore' - 19 to 22 May 2017


As Adina for Scottish Opera

The Singapore Lyric Opera has scored a coup with soprano Elena Xanthoudakis in the role of Adina for their upcoming production of L'elisir d'amore. She is a much sought after performer with numerous competition wins and has a CD (Jewels of the Bel Canto – Arias Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi and Rossini) recorded with no less a luminary as Maestro Richard Bonynge at the podium.

Bel canto and especially Donizetti is a specialty of Elena's. In 2016, she sang the title roles in the composer's Anna Bolena (Melbourne Opera) and Pia di Tolomei (English Touring Opera) in addition to debuting as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Winslow Hall Opera). She will perform Pamina again in New York City later this year.


Other roles she has performed are Miss Schlesen in Satyagraha (English National Opera and Opera de Quebec), Lisa and Amina in La Sonnambula and Frasquita in Carmen (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Gilda in Rigoletto (Opera Queensland), the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera de Quebec and Winslow Hall), Clorinda in La Cenerentola (Glyndebourne), First Niece in Peter Grimes for Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome); Jemmy in Guillaume Tell (BBC Proms) with Pappano, Adina in L’elisir d’amore (Scottish and Victorian Opera), Euridice and Genio in L’anima del Filosofo (Pinchgut Opera). She covered Gilda in Rigoletto and Countess Adele in Comte Ory for The Metropolitan Opera, NY.

Elena has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber and Royal Scottish National Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Philharmonia, Tasmanian Symphony, Melbourne Musicians, St Petersburg Camerata, Orchestra de Quebec, British Music Festival, Melbourne Symphony, TrioKROMA, Oxford Philharmusica, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Krakow and Poznan Filharmonia Orchestras, Mozarteum Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elena has won over 80 first prizes in Competition and Eisteddfodau across Australia. International prizes include the Tait Memorial Trust Vocal Prize, the ‘Maria Callas International Grand Prix’ (Oratorio/ Lied), the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. Elena is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Artist.

(Information taken from Elena's website http://elenaxan.com)

Here, we discuss her portrayal of Adina in her upcoming debut in Singapore. Check out our conversation below!



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

'If I could set with the sun' and 'RawGround:Clutter' by RAW Moves (Dance) - June and July 2017

Here are two upcoming productions by contemporary dance company RAW Moves, as they present two months of research with upcoming productions Archipelago Archives Exhibit #3: If I could set with the sun on 9 to 11 June 2017 and RawGround: Clutter on 14 -15 July 2017 at Goodman Arts Centre.

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Archipelago Archives Exhibit #3: If I could set with the sun
Dates: 9 to 11 June 2017
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre

If I could set with the sun is a 3-hour durational performance that undertakes the construction of dances in the Indian Ocean, somewhere between India and Indonesia. Conceptualised by Kiran Kumar (India), this dance-making process is part reconstructive, part speculative, part archaeological, part anthropological and part fantastical. The focus of the project is not to merely present dance as an accomplished object, but as a continual process embedded in the aesthetic, social, political, cultural and economic milieu of contemporary South and South-East Asia.

This research presentation will comprise a series of essayistic works in video, movement and installation formats.



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RawGround:Clutter
Featuring working concepts by Jeryl Lee, Matthew Goh and Ebelle Chong in collaboration with Neo Hong Chin and Pat Toh.

Dates: 14 and 15 July 2017
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre

In this process-oriented platform, audience will experience diverse modes of creative explorations based on the theme “Clutter”. With this platform, RAW Moves strives to provide company dancers a space to present their research ideas while promoting an active dialogue-exchange between practitioners and audience in an informal setting.

Tickets available at Peatix.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Piano and Violin Recital by Siew Yi-Li and Beatrice Lin - 24 April 2017


Brownhill Consultancy presents Les Sonates Françaises, a Monday evening concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio, April 24th. Come and join our beloved husband and wife duo violinist Siew Yi-Li and pianist Beatrice Li as they bring you an exquisite program of French violin sonatas by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré and Gabriel Pierné. 

A protégé of the world-renowned concert violinist Pierre Amoyal, Yi-Li regularly performs as both a soloist and chamber musician, and is often invited to join orchestras as a freelancer. Recitals and concert tours have taken him to major cities in Switzerland, France, Austria, South Korea and China.

Beatrice graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, where she was awarded the Adolphe Neuman prize by the canton of Geneva. She has performed widely in Switzerland, collaborating with instrumentalists, singers, choirs and contemporary music ensembles.

Tickets area available at SISTIC.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Belleepoque Presents 'Scents of Josephine' - 27 to 29 April 2017


A new Bellepoque production, Scents of Josephine is an exploration of the multicultural life of African American jazz icon and civil rights activist, Josephine Baker, through the lens of four female performers.

Intrigued by what they know of Josephine, these artists discuss her life journey alongside theirs, accompanied with her signature tunes in both English and French.

Featuring:
Andayoma
Sharon Frese
Caitanya Tan
Sabrina Zuber

Playwright: Marc Goldberg
Stage direction: Samzy Jo
Music direction: Dr Robert Casteels
Ensemble: Viviane Salin and Balraj Gopal

Tickets available at Peatix

Friday, April 14, 2017

Local Composers' Showcase - 'a Feast of Melodious Songs' - 22 April 2017

Here is a concert of Chinese vocal works numerous local composers, featuring numerous singing talents based on our shores. More information via the banner below:

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Interviews with cast of W!ld Rice's 'La Cage aux Folles' - 19 April to 13 May 2017


We visited Victoria Theatre today to chat with two actors in the cast of W!ld Rice's La Cage aux Folles! One could not ask for better company than with Mae Elliessa and Sean Ghazi, who shared with us their passion for musical theatre, who they play in the production and what we audiences can look forward to. Check out our interview videos below!







See also: our exclusive interview with La Cage director Glenn Goei:
http://the-mad-scene.blogspot.sg/2017/03/glenn-goei-interview-for-wild-rices-la.html


W!ld Rice's La Cage aux Folles runs from 19 April to 13 May. Check out the Events Page for tickets!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Yannis Xylas Piano Masterclass - 21 and 22 April 2017


Greek-American pianist Yannis Xylas will be giving masterclasses at Madison Academy of Music on 21 and 22 April. Now's your chance to have your skills honed by an expert in the field! (Hear Yannis play via YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQpsX4XxEQ4)



Apart from being a master of the classical piano repertoire, he is also a specialist in Greek classical music. He will be giving a talk at Madison Academy on 21 April, Friday at 7pm.

Please call 6836 1088 or email masterclass@madisonacademy.com.sg to reserve a slot. It will be an enriching experience!

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Performance Videos by Steven Ang

Here are two new performance videos by baritone Steven Ang (me!), performing Stars from Les Miserables and and Let it Go from Frozen. Check them out below. Hope you'll like them!




Thursday, March 23, 2017

'A Night at the Opera' by Cambridge International Opera - 5 Apr 2017

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Five young professional singers from the UK will be heading down to Singapore for an evening of operatic highlights. They are soprano Billie Robson, mezzo-soprano Simone Ibbett-Brown, tenor Robert Humphries, countertenor Tim Morgan and baritone Lawrence Halksworth, accompanied by pianist John Wright.

The concert will be held at the new Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Auditorium on 5 April 2017 (Wednesday).

Here is their programme:

Pur ti miro (L'incoronazione di Poppea) - Monteverdi
Nella terra, in ciel, nell’onda (Faramondo) – Handel
*Lamento della ninfa – Monteverdi
Una furtiva lagrima (L'elisir d'amore) - Donizetti
Or dove fuggo io mai? (I Puritani) – Bellini
O mio Fernando (La favorita) – Donizetti


Selections from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro:
Se vuol ballare
Sull'aria... che soave zeffiretto
Crudel! Perchè finora farmi languir così?
Contessa perdono

Habanera (Carmen) – Bizet
Come un’ape (La Cenerentola) – Rossini
 Ideale – Tosti
Au fond du temple saint/'The Pearl Fishers' Duet' (Les pêcheurs de perles) - Bizet
Adieu forêts (Maid of Orleans) – Tchaikovsky
Ombra mai fu (Xerxes) - Handel
Vissi d'arte (Tosca) - Puccini
È la solita storia del pastore (L'arlesiana) - Cilea
Sous le dôme épais/'The Flower Duet' (Lakmé) - Delibes
Bella figlia dell'amore (Rigoletto) - Verdi

Check out the Events Page for more tickets!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Interview With Ee Ping - 'Dreams, Passions and Love' - 6 April 2017


After a triumphant solo recital in 2014, London-based Singaporean soprano Ee Ping will be returning for another round at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Entitled Dreams, Passions and Love, it will see the veteran soprano perform up to 18 songs with pianist Pauline Lee, including works by Lehar, Barber, Poulenc and Pergolesi. Check out our interview below to find out what you can expect!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Glenn Goei Interview for Wild Rice's 'La Cage Aux Folles' - 19 Apr to 13 May 2017


Hawk Liu and I (Steven Ang) sat down with director Glenn Goei of Wild Rice's upcoming La Cage aux Folles production recently to discuss what we can look forward to.

While we had a fun, light-hearted time, the topics discussed touched on various political and social issues that the veteran theatre practitioner hopes this production can help to address. Check out our interview via the video below, and find out where to get tickets on the Events Page!



More information about the production at http://lacage.sg.

More information about Hawk Liu on his website:
http://hawkliuh.wixsite.com/singing/copy-of-interviews-2016.

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Basso Canaries Presents 'Of Laughter and Tears' - 18 March 2017


The Basso Canaries (Xiao Chunyuan and this website's editor Steven Ang) with pianist Winnie Tiopan will present a wide-ranging recital programme.


Steven's act will comprise of numbers from comedic operas and musical theatre including Mozart's Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, Fiddler on the Roof and The Pirate of Penzance, while Chunyuan will perform many popular numbers from the German, Italian and contemporary Chinese art song repertoire.


It's going to be a night of red-blooded singing and hilarity. Check out our concert info via the links below, and hope to see you at our concert!

Check out our Facebook Event Page!

And get your tickets at EventBee! - http://www.eventbee.com/v/thebassocanaries

Or call 9020 0417 or 9180 9453 to purchase tickets offline!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

SMU Chamber Choir: Wrinkles in The Air X: The Lost Word - 5 Mar 2017


The SMU Chamber Choir will present an evening's programme at Victoria Concert Hall on 5 March 2017. The SYC Ensemble Singers will be making a special appearance as well.

The full-length programme includes Eric Whitcare's Cloudburst, which will see the choir recreating the aural effects of a thunderstorm, and Steve Dobrogosz's setting of the Latin Mass using jazz and latin musical styles.

Tickets will be available at the door.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall
MRT: City Hall
WHEN: Sunday 5th March 2017 4pm
ADMISSION: $24 per ticket (door sales)

INFO: http://smuchamberchoir.com

Monday, February 20, 2017

'The Spanish Voyage' by Scherzo - 4 Mar 2017

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Locally-based opera scenes group Scherzo presents a programme Spanish and Spanish-inspired works. They are all frequent performers on local stages including many SLO and SSO productions. They are Kong Ling-Yi, Chieko Trevatt, Caroline Martin, Laura Abello, David Ng and Marky Canios. A chamber ensemble of orchestral instruments will be on hand to accompany the proceedings.

The concert will be held on 4 March 2017, 3.30pm at Forte Music Academy, 51 Waterloo Street 3rd floor. Find out more about this concert on their Facebook Event Page, and get your tickets at the Events Page

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dance - RAW Moves Presents 'Indices of Vanishment' - 23 to 25 Feb 2017


Contemporary dance company RAW Moves presents Indices of Vanishment, an original dance piece  choreographed by ST Life! Theatre Awards nominee Edith Podesta. It also includes Lighting Design by Adrian Tan, Sound Design by Teo Wee-Boon and performed by the RAW Moves Company Dancers.


Edith Podesta is very excited to present her work with the RAW Moves dancers, 'Working with dancers is a luxury because their bodies are so eloquent and their muscle memory so enduring that I can work deeply and quickly in the studio. As a choreographer, I’ve always been interested in the democratisation of the dance form. Although I believe everybody can dance, there are caveats to that hypothesis. An untrained body lacks the powers of repetition, access to emotion and breadth of somatic articulation needed for live performance. Working with the dancers from RAW Moves is such an absolute joy!'

About her inspiration behind Indices of Vanishment, Edith shares 'The title comes from an essay about performance archives written by Rebecca Schneider titled ‘Performance Remains Again’, 'We understand ourselves relative to the remains we accumulate as indices of vanishment, the tracks we house, mark, and cite, the material traces we acknowledge as remaining'. I was also influenced by Marcia Siegel’s book 'At the vanishing point: A critic looks at dance'. Siegel states that dance 'exists at a perpetual vanishing point'; I thought the parallel between the ephemeral in dance and the transitory nature of life very striking."

Indices of Vanishment  by RAW Moves is on 23 to 25 February 2017. Log on to http://indicesofvanishment.peatix.com for tickets!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Interview with Chicago Cast and Director - Running till 26 Feb 2017


Our resident correspondent Hawk Liu interviews Matthew Goodgame who plays Billy Flynt in MBS's production of Chicago, and resident director Ian Waller, to find out what's in store for us audiences. Check out the performance footage between interviews as well!



Check out the Events Page to find out where to get tickets!

More information about Hawk can be found on his website http://hawkliuh.wixsite.com/singing.

Check out our exclusive production images on our Facebook Group here!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

'Sister Act' The Musical - 9 to 21 May 2017 at MBS


Get ready for a gospel high when Sister Act The Musical heads to town in May! Based on the hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, this original musical also features music by Alan Menken (composer of Disney's Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid). Check out the Events Page for more information as well as tickets!

Monday, January 16, 2017

'Hans Zimmer vs John Williams' - Live Concert on 10 and 11 March 2017


Conductor Anthony Inglis leads a live orchestra in the iconic music of Hollywood composers Hans Zimmer and John Williams at MBS's MasterCard Theatres on 10 and 11 March 2017.

On the programme is nearly two hours of musical scores from movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight Rises, The Da Vinci Code, Batman Begins, Man of Steel, Gladiator, Inception, E.T., Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters, Star Wars and Superman among many others. Check out the Events Page for more details!

Chicago at MBS - 8 to 26 Feb 2017


Kander and Ebb's sexy classic dance musical Chicago returns to Singapore in a production at MBS from 8 to 26 February 2017. The sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Cell-Block Tango. It has won a slew of awards including 6 Tonys, 2 Oliviers, 1 Grammy, 2 BAFTAs and 6 Academy Awards based on the movie adaptation starring Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta Jones, Check out the Events Page for details so you can attend the live shows!