Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Singapore Lyric Opera Presents "Mother, Daughter, Wife and Lover – A Celebration of Women in Opera"

The Singapore Lyric Opera returns to the Esplanade on 23 November 2012 for an all-female evening, featuring Nancy Yuen, Cherylene Liew and Anna Koor in operatic excerpts from Norma, Butterfly and many others. The SLO Orchestra led by Joshua Kangming Tan will accompany the ladies. Here's more info:


Celebrating The Women In Opera
This November, Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO) celebrates women and their roles in opera with highlights from some of opera’s most popular tunes, which have been specially chosen to celebrate the importance of women and their many roles and responsibilities.

The roles played by these women in opera are not simply performances on a stage; they are a compelling portrayal of the choices faced by every woman in daily life. It is through these complex characterisations that the audience is called to reflect on humanity.

So often in the world of opera, it is women who have the stellar roles, and for good reason. It is their strength of character that allows composers to create some of their most beautiful and moving works; it is these women’s resolve that propels the action forward and keeps the audience captivated, and not the men’s heroic posturings.

A Special Selection Of Classic Pieces
We celebrate these women in an evening of unforgettable arias, duets and ensembles, such as ‘O Mio babbino caro’ from Gianni Schicchi, ‘Un bel di vedremo’ from Madama Butterfly by Puccini, ‘Song to the moon’ from Rusalka by Dvorak, ‘Je ve vivre’ from Romeo et Juliette by Gounod, ‘Sull’aria’ from The Marriage of Figaro and ‘Ach ich fühl’ from The Magic Flute by Mozart, ‘Belle nuit, o nuit d’amour’ from The Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach and many more beautiful vocal works, with interludes and intermezzos.

Sopranos Nancy Yuen, Cherylene Liew and mezzo-soprano Anna Koor are the featured singers at the concert, accompanied by the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra and conducted by Joshua Tan Kangming.

Notes From The Singers
“Women‘s roles in society has always been recognised as an important part of humanity, an all inclusive one – wife, lover, mother, daughter – that need careful balancing. Our valued position has been instrumental in building up society, and hence, we cannot take it for granted,” said Cherylene Liew.

Mezzo-soprano, Anna Koor, agreed, saying, “Women have so much to give to society. As a wife and mother, we have been given great responsibilities, which cannot be taken for granted.”

Concert Programme
** Programme subject to change

Triumphant March from Verdi’s Aida

O mio babbino caro from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi

Ach ich fühl from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte

Je ve vivre from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette

Song to the moon from Dvorák’s Rusalka

Intermezzo from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

Stride la vampa from Verdi’s Il Trovatore

The sun has fallen from Menotti’s The Medium

Mira, o Norma from Bellini’s Norma


Prelude to Tristan und Isolde from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde

Sull’ aria from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro

Mon Coeur s’ouvre à ta voix from Camille Saint-saens’ Samson et Delilah

Intermezzo Act 2 from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Un bel di vedremo from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Belle nuit, o nuit d’amour from Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann

What a movie from Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti

Final trio from Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier


Early Bird discounts are availble from 24 September 2012 to 24 October 2012. 20% discounts are offered to SLO Friends, all OCBC credit cards, NTUC Union card, AlumNUS card, NUSS card. 15% discount to the general public via SISTIC. Check out the Events Page for ticketing information


  1. Thanks, Steven!
    Definitely going for this -- Anna Koor is brilliant!

  2. This concert is missing Brünnhilde!


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