Singapore Lyric Opera Chorus and Singapore Lyric Opera – Leow Siak Fah Artists Training Programme Singers
9 Dec 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Singapore Lyric Opera Chorus and Singapore Lyric Opera – Leow Siak Fah Artists Training Programme Singers will be singing popular pieces from classic operas such as Carmen and Cosi fan tutte.
Singapore Lyric Opera Chorus
The Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO) Chorus was established in 1990. Since its first appearance in SLO’s inaugural production Die Zauberflöte in 1991, the SLO Chorus has taken part in all of the company’s productions and concerts, and remains the backbone of its productions.
Their repertoire includes Puccini’s Turandot (2008 and 2016), Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann (2009), Puccini’s La Bohème, Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (2010), Strauss’ Salome (2011), Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (2012), Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Verdi’s La Traviata (2013), Cosi fan Tutte, The Merry Widow (2014) and Double Bill Operas: Pagliacci and Gianni Schicchi (2015) and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (2017). The Chorus has also been invited to perform in concert with Russell Watson and organist Ahreum Han. The company also provides opportunities for opera singers to understudy and play minor roles in all productions, concerts and education programmes.
Singapore Lyric Opera – Leow Siak Fah Artists Training Programme Singers
Singapore Lyric Opera initiated the SLO-Leow Siak Fah Young Artists Programme in 2015, in remembrance of our Founding Chairman, the late Leow Siak Fah who passed away in April 2015. This is a performance-based training programme to support the artistic development of talented young singers, providing opportunities for them to hone their skills and gain experience on the professional stage. This programme is supported through SLO’s fundraising efforts.
Up to eight singers between the ages of 21 and 33 are selected through auditions and the singers have access to coaching sessions in languages, stagecraft and vocal techniques, and attend weekly rehearsals on popular operatic excerpts chosen by the Artistic Committee. These young artists also have access to masterclasses by visiting artists and participate in educational outreach programmes organised by SLO to perform as soloists as well as members of the ensemble.
Featured young artists for the evening are soprano Zhang Jie, mezzo sopranos Chieko Sato and Zerlina Tan, and tenor Leslie Tay.
Zhang Jie, soprano
Soprano Zhang Jie graduated from the XingHai Conservatory of Music where she studied voice as her major. She was taught by Prof Li Ning and Prof Zhou Xiao Yin. In recent years, she has also continued her studies with Nancy Yuen in Singapore. Zhang actively performs in concerts and competitions in Singapore, receiving the second prize in the open category of the SLO-ASEAN Vocal Competition held in 2016. She also won awards in the Singapore Vocal Competition and the Singapore-Malaysia Vocal Competition in 2004.
Chieko Sato, mezzo-soprano
Although a long-time opera lover, Chieko Sato only discovered her passion for singing in recent years. She began her vocal training with soprano Satsuki Nagatome and was invited to sing solos, duets and chorus pieces in Satsuki's May Breezes productions in 2013, 2014 and 2016. More recently she has begun working with acclaimed bass-baritone Huang Rong Hai.
Sato is a founder member of the opera outreach group Scherzo, with whom she has performed works from a repertoire spanning from Baroque to 19th century, at the library@esplanade in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and a celebration of Spanish music in 2017. She has also been invited on three occasions to perform at the Lycée Français de Singapour, in an Introduction to Opera programme aimed at primary school students.
Sato has sung at the Singapore Tatler Ball at St Regis Hotel and last year, performed the role of Suzy in OperaCoast's production of Puccini's La Rondine, at the English resort of Eastbourne. In 2015, Sato joined Singapore Lyric Opera chorus, participating in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (2015), Puccini’s Turandot (2016) and Donizetti’s L'elisir d'Amore (2017), as well as performing opera scenes for the SLO outreach programme in library@esplanade. This summer, Sato won a position in SLO-Leow Siak Fah Young Artists Programme.
Zerlina Tan, mezzo-soprano
Singapore mezzo-soprano, Zerlina Tan, began her studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2012. She recently completed her Bachelor in Music (Honours) degree from the Royal College of Music (RCM), London, under the tutelage of Dr Jessica Chen.
As an enthusiastic and active performer, Tan has sung as a soloist and in choruses for various performances on both local and international stages. Her operatic experiences consist of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (as Gertrude) and Offenbach’s Daphnis et Chloé (as Daphnis) while her concert experiences include Bach’s St. John’s Passion, Haydn’s The Creation, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and Bruckner’s Mass No. 3 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Tan has also had the opportunity to perform as a soloist overseas in collaboration concerts in Taiwan, at the Tainan National University of the Arts (2015, 2016), National Taiwan Normal University (2016), University of Taipei (2016) and in Chi Mei Museum (2015, 2016). Other international platforms also include at Austria, Benefizkonzert von Maestro Chernov und Seinen Studenten, in Payerbach as well as at London.
Tan had the privilege of working with renowned baritone Vladimir Chernov, Olga Sergevna, Rakafet Hak (University of California Los Angeles), Robert Winter (UCLA), Nicholas Sears (RCM), mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon (RCM), sopranos Janis Kelly and Eiddwen Harrhy (RCM), tenor Lim Shieh Yih, as well as Nicholas Cleobury (Queensland Conservatorium).
Leslie Tay, tenor
Tenor Leslie Tay's portrayal of Jupiter in New Opera Singapore's recent production of Orpheus in the Underworld was praised by The Straits Times for being “impressive”, with acting and singing “the most convincing among the male cast”. His voice has also been hailed for its “remarkable control and clarity”.
Tay made his Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall) debut in 2009 with New York Lyric Opera as Guillot in Massenet's Manon. Other roles with companies such as Dicapo Opera, Bronx Opera, dell'Arte Opera and Boston Opera Collaborative include Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Idreno (Semiramide), Oronte (Alcina), Flute (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), Gastone (La Traviata), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Monostatos (The Magic Flute) and Tanzmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos). He has also sung with the Boston Lyric Opera Chorus and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Boston Symphony Orchestra). He was a young artist in Lorin Maazel's 2011 Castleton Festival. Locally, he has also sung for Dim Sum Dollies and performed in musicals and plays with Singapore Repertory Theatre and Young and Wild (W!LD RICE).
Tay graduated from Manhattan School of Music and Boston Conservatory. His teachers include Arthur Levy, Richard Conrad, Richard Byrne and Dr Thomas Manhart. He is currently on the voice faculties of School of the Arts (SOTA), Madison Academy and Kids Performing.
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