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

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 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

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!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Gordon Crosse's 'Purgatory' by L'arietta - 27 Oct to 5 Nov 2017

Press release from L'arietta Productions:

“Before my son I stand, holding the knife used to kill my father”

L’arietta Productions, the Singapore-based chamber opera company opens box office for the Asian premiere of Purgatory, an Immersive Operatic Experience coming to you this Halloween. Composer Gordon Crosse’s setting of the text by literary giant W.B. Yeats will have you trembling in your seats. Walk into an old Peranakan house and witness one family's tragedy guided by the spirits trapped between worlds. Is the house haunted? Is the family cursed? L'arietta Productions bring you a hair-raising unforgettable multidisciplinary experience October 27th-November 5th at the Theatre Practice Black Box Theatre.

Written in 1966 by British composer Gordon Crosse, the opera utilizes Yeats' original text in its entirety. Directed by theatre veteran Eleanor Tan, this production will depart from its original Irish setting to an old Peranakan household filled with matriarchs of the past. On the anniversary of the mother's wedding night, remorseful spirits of the Old Man's parents appear in the house where unspeakable horror unfolded when he was 16 years old. He brings his son to the ruined house and reveals the darkness that haunts this family; the drunken father, the mother who died giving birth, and the Old Man who stabbed his own father... Now the Boy is the same age as he was when the curse was set. What grim choices face this family? Will there be redemption for the dead and the living?

Purgatory will be Singapore’s first immersive experiential opera, where live painting, devised theatre, poetry, visual art, and opera will merge for an hour of macabre spectacle. This production is a proud in-conjunction event with the Singapore Writers Festival, celebrating SWF’s country focus: Ireland.
“Deconstructing Yeats” Educational Talk October 30th, 2017Led by award winning poet Aaron Lee and the creative team, the audience will dive into the rich text of W.B. Yeats. The process of bringing such intense piece of literary work will be revealed through a panel discussion. This is a rare opportunity for literary and opera lovers alike!

Incorporated in 2015, L’arietta Productions produce high quality bite-sized operas in English that are cozy, entertaining, and relevant. Collaborating with award winning artists such as Namiko Chan, Wan Xiang Lee, composer Chen Zhangyi, and poet, Aaron Lee; Straits Times regards L’arietta’s approach “vital in conveying the message that modern opera could be unstuffy, accessible and even fun.”

What: Purgatory by Gordon Crosse
When: 27 October to 5 November
Where: Theatre Practice Black Box Theatre (54 Waterloo Street)

Director: Eleanor Tan
Music Director: Aloysius Foong
Set Designer: Grace Lin
Set Consultant: Eucien Chia
Lighting Artist: Eugene Soh
Visual Artist: Namiko Chan
Boy: Peter Ong
Old man: Reuben Lai
Female Spirits: Ethel Yap, Ava Madon, Melissa Gan, Venytha Yoshiantini, Patricia Ginting, and Inch Chua

Check out the Events Page for tickets!

World Premiere: John Sharpley's Grand Oratorio 'A Moment of Rest Upon The Wind' - 1 Oct 2017

A message from Singapore-based composer John Sharpley:

My new large-scale oratorio, A Moment of Rest Upon The Wind  (based on Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’) for bass-baritone, soprano, actor and symphony orchestra will be premiered on 1st October, Sunday, 5 pm, SOTA Concert Hall here in Singapore.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1930, Lebanese-American) is arguably the third best-selling English-language poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. The simple yet profound messages behind ‘The Prophet’ are timely yet universal beacons of light.

‘The Prophet’ tells the story of Almustafa, who resided in the city of Orphalese for 12 years. About to board a ship that will take him home, a metaphor for his impending death, Almustafa is approached by the people of Orphalese and especially Almitra, the Seeress. He shares his wisdom regarding life, death and spirituality, which form the basis of the book. It is widely accepted that Gibran saw himself in Almustafa and his patroness and beloved, Mary Haskell, in the Seeress.

Ochiai Francesco Yohei, bass-baritone solo
(opera singer from Japan)

Akiko Otao, soprano solo
(opera singer from Japan based based in Singapore)

Zachary Ibrahim, storyteller
(Singapore actor)

Braddell Heights Symphony

Adrian Tan, conductor

Check out the Events Page for tickets!

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!

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

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 (Google Forms)

Facebook event page:

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!

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 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

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

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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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.

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:

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:

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 to reserve a slot. It will be an enriching experience!