Friday, 21 October 2011


To be honest, this post has less to do with the paucity of concerts in Singapore over the past few weeks (in previous years this period was occupied by the now dead in the water Singapore Sun Festival) but rather having watched the DVD of X-Men First Class. So here's to more goofy and hopefully hilarious musical lookalikes!

The first thing that struck me about Michael Fassbender's Magneto (aka Erik Lehnsherr) was that he looked like a younger version of the Hallé Orchestra's Sir Mark Elder. Here's what they look like in their X-Men outfits.

Still on X-Men or Star Trek: The Next Generation, Charles Xavier aka Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) could pass for the German conductor-pianist Christoph Eschenbach. Maybe they have the same hair-stylist.

Still on conductors, the Israeli maestro Eliahu Inbal, who conducts the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Beijing next week in the Beijing Festival, does look a bit like the World Wrestling Entertainment's Hall of Famer Chief Jay Strongbow. Wonder how he executes the Tomahawk chop.

The actor George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum) and the composer Hans Gal. Enough said.

The recent Bhutan royal wedding, with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, as played by Chinese composer Tan Dun and heroine Mulan. No guesses as to who will write the film music should it be made into a movie.

This is an obscure one, just for piano competition buffs. With a lot of imagination, Dr Gustav Alink 20 years years ago would have been a dead ringer for the actor Aaron Eckhart, who played the spin doctor Ned Naylor in the movie Thank You for Smoking.

Still on the subject of pianists, the hirsute Italian keyboard virtuosos Alessandro Deljavan and Davide Cabassi have a violent alter-ego in Popeye's rival for Olive Oyle's hand, the brutish Bluto.

Positively the last on pianists, Serbia's Ana Jovanovic and France's Helene Tysman can definitely play Chopin.

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