Opera Weekend – Così fan tutte by Mozart
24 Mar 2018, 5:15 PM - 7:45 PM
First performed in Vienna in 1790, Mozart’s Così fan tutte is a satirical, social comedy that examines the nature of what it means to be human and in love. It is one of the composer’s most beloved works and will be, for the first time, performed at the Esplanade Upper Concourse, directed by Felipe Cervera, led at the piano by music director Vincent Chen, and featuring some of Singapore’s most talented young singers.
These performances are done in collaboration with OperaLab, an initiative to prepare singers for singing complete roles later in their career. Future projects include Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor.
Directed by: Felipe Cervera
Music Direction: Vincent Chen
Fiordiligi: Phoebe Chee (24 March) / Felicia Teo Kaixin (30 March)
Dorabella: Michelle Tan (24 March) / Angela Cortez (30 March)
Despina: Evelyn Ang (24 & 30 March)
Ferrando: Leslie Tay (24 March) / Jonathan Charles Tay (30 March)
Guglielmo: Handaya Rusli (24 March) / Joel Casey Tay (30 March)
Don Alfonso: David Tao Chen Ming (24 & 30 March)
Young aspiring soprano Phoebe Chee is an active performer in Singapore who has studied under Vladimir Chernov, Olga Toporkova, Betty Garcés, Alejandro Roca, Thomas Kuek and Huang Rong Hai. As the Assistant General Secretary of Cappella Martialis, Phoebe has actively performed in Singapore’s ‘early music’ scene as a soloist with the group on numerous occasions. She is currently a Voice major at NAFA.
Felicia Teo Kaixin
Soprano Felicia Teo Kaixin is a distinguished artist with a voice of distinctive colour. She received her Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and Bachelor's degree in Music by University of Wales (Singapore). Her most recent debut as Adina in L’elisir D’amore with Singapore Lyric Opera was met with much acclaim, and has also won top prizes at the Trinity Vocal Compeition.
Mezzo-soprano Michelle Tan is a young music and literature teacher. Having achieved First Class Honours at King’s College London pursuing research interests in Wagner, opera and song, Michelle went on to pursue an MMus in Vocal Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. She has since performed in solo roles and choruses.
Lauded for her “clear and firm yet supple” voice (Flying Inkpot, 2016), Filipina singer Angela Cortez is an active performer in Singapore and the Southeast Asian region, and has also performed in concerts in Europe, Taiwan, and the United States. Angela is a graduate of the Royal College of Music (BMus), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Diploma in Music Performance), and studied under soprano Dr Jessica Chen. She is currently a vocal and piano teacher with Aureus Academy.
Evelyn Ang is an alumni of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). She attained her BA(Hons) in Music, majoring in Voice with NAFA in collaboration with the University of Wales in 2010. Evelyn trained under renowned singers including the late tenor Lim Shieh Yih, Malaysian soprano Joyce Khoo and Singaporean soprano Nancy Yuen. Her love and support for the local music scene has also brought her to work in collaboration with various established local composers and musicians in the premiere and showcase of their works.
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”. He graduated from Manhattan School of Music and Boston Conservatory, and is currently on the voice faculty of School of the Arts (SOTA), Madison Academy and Kids Performing.
Jonathan Charles Tay
Tenor Jonathan Charles Tay performs in Singapore and the United States, and recently played the role of Steuermann in the Richard Wagner Association of Singapore’s local premiere of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer. Other previous roles include the title role in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Peter Quint in New Opera Singapore’s highly acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
Joel Casey Tay
Joel studied singing under the tutelage of Thomas Kuek, Reuben Lai, Jeff Wu Jie and Daniel Fong. Throughout the years, he has sung in student recitals at the Esplanade Recital Studio, NAFA Lee Foundation Theatre, and Jubilee Hall. Joel has also been actively participating in the choral scene, where he sang in the Victoria School Choir, Victoria Junior College Choir, Victoria Chorale and The Vocal Consort.
Baritone Handaya Rusli is an avid opera fan. He has an Associate Diploma from Trinity College London (ATCL) and a ABRSM Grade 8 in Singing with Distinction. Handaya has participated in several classical singing competitions and has also performed as a chorus member in various opera productions. In 2016, he successfully held his debut concert Nella Fantasia at The Art House in Singapore. Handaya previously studied with soprano Stella Zhou and tenor Lim Shieh Yih, and has been under the tutelage of bass baritone Huang Rong Hai since 2012.
David Tao Chen Ming
A chef by profession before becoming a musician, David joined the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 2014, majoring in flute performance. His first encounter with singing in NAFA Choir led to his decision to switch majors, and he eventually graduated with Diploma in Vocal Performance. As a choral music lover, David is currently singing with the Singapore Symphony Chorus, VOCE Singapore Men’s Choir, Schola Cantorum Singapore and Cappella Martialis. He also enjoys working as a choral and symphonic band instructor, and gives individual flute and vocal lessons. He recently helped set up and prepare the Kid’s Philharmonic Choir to sing with the Vienna Boys’ Choir.
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