Friday, January 20, 2012

Audtions for Sharpley's opera "Fences"

It looks like OperaViva's long in-the-works production of John Sharpley's, Richard Yeoh Robert Yeo's (librettist) and Leow Siak Fah's (producer) opera Fences is finally getting off ground, and YOU have a chance to take part! Here are audition details FYR:

OperaViva, together with creative director Chandran K Lingam, will be holding auditions for male and female singers for its upcoming production of FENCES, an opera composed by Dr John Sharpley, that will premier in August 2012.

FENCES is the story of Steven Lee, a young Chinese Singaporean and Nora, a Malay girl from Malaya, set against the backdrop of the turbulent political events of the 60's.

FENCES has six principal roles :

Steven LEE, early 20s
Nora Ibrahim, early 20s
Mr Lee,
Mrs lEE
Che Ibrahim,
Puan Ibrahim

and a chorus of 40 people. Ability to dance is a plus.

We are also looking for a young Lee Kwan Yew look-alike!

Auditions will be held on:

Date: Sunday, 12th February 2012
Time: 11.00am to 4.00pm
Venue: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)
Seminar Room (B2-08)

Interested participants should:

1. Prepare a short classical song. You can choose to either bring an accompanist or sing a capella
2. Read/act a short monologue. You have the option to prepare your own or accept an impromptu reading from the libretto of FENCES.
3. Be able to read music.
4. Have some theatrical / music experience.

Application is for a singing part, either a particular role or as a member of the chorus.

Please register your interest by emailing us at with the following details:

Contact Number:
Voice Type:

On the 12 February, you should also bring with you a recent photo of yourself and your resume of performances.

We look forward to seeing Singapore's brightest!

And if you do intend to audition, please mention that you found out about it here ok? All the best!


  1. The librettist is the well-known writer Robert Yeo, creator of that ultimate of Singaporean males Holden Heng.

  2. Thanks Tou Liang, his name wasn't mentioned in the email so I had to rely on my faulty memory.


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