Sunday, 7 August 2011

Highlights from New Opera Singapore's OPERA COMIQUE (IN THE OFFICE)

New Opera Singapore
The Chamber @ The Arts House
Saturday (6 August 2011)

Here it is in pictures, the debut of Singapore newest Western opera company, New Opera Singapore. I was fortunate to get "ringside" seats, close to the action and passion. The future of opera in Singapore looks in very good hands indeed. A review will follow.

Jonathan Charles Tay & Lim Yanting open with Beethoven's Jetzt Schatzen (Fidelio). Moira Loh joins Yanting for Arditi's Il Bacio (The Kiss).
Yap How Joo is the lecherous towkay in Verdi's Questa o quella (Rigoletto) and later sang a Chinese song while his staff looked on idly.

Shaun Lee played the luckless and loveless office boy in Verdi's Il Poveretto and Donaudy's O del mio amato bene.

Bel canto heaven: Teng Xiang Ting sings Bellini's Ah non credea mirarti (La Sonnambula) while David Charles Tay puts a shine on Donizetti's Una furtiva lagrima (L'elisir d'amour).

The twins, David and Jonathan Tay, join Xiang Ting for Lehar's Dein ist mein ganzes herz (The Land of Smiles).

Daniel Foong snarls in Mozart's Se vuol ballare (The Magic Flute) and takes Yanting's hand for La ci darem la mano (Don Giovanni).

Femmes fatales all: Bethea How in Die holle rache (Mozart's The Magic Flute), Alexandra Ioan flirts with Musetta's Waltz Song (Puccini's La Boheme) and Yanting vents her fury in Vivaldi's Agitata da due venti (Vivaldi's Griselda).

Jonathan Tay expresses his love in Tchaikovsky's Lensky's Aria (Eugene Onegin), while David Tay and Xiang Ting get close up for Puccini's O soave fanciulla (La Boheme).

Xiang Ting's coloratura display in Gounod's Juliette's Waltz Song (Romeo et Juliette) and the company of ten singers join up for the finale of Act Two of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus.

Bring out the bubbly for Du und du from Strauss's Die Fledermaus.

New Opera Singapore's chairman Jeong Ae-Ree makes a speech, while VVIPs grace the evening's proceedings.

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