Sunday, December 2, 2012

SLO Madama Butterfly 2013 - Cast and Early Bird Discounts

The Singapore Lyric Opera will present a new production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly on 1,2, 4 and 5 February 2013. Long-time SLO followers might remember Ivan Heng's beautiful 2008 production (starring Nancy Yuen) that marked the company's debut at the Esplanade Theatre; this production looks set to be a fresh take on this perennial classic, with Japanese soprano Mako Nishimoto and Spanish tenor Israel Lozano making their SLO debuts. Here's the rest of the team:

Director - Andrew Sinclair
Conductor - Joshua Kangming Tan

Cio-Cio-San - Mako Nishimoto
Pinkerton - Israel Lozano
Sharpless - John Antoniou
Suzuki - Anna Koor
Goro - Lemuel dela Cruz
Prince Yamadori and The Imperial Commissioner - Martin Ng

Early Bird discount (from 22 November to 25 December 2012)
20% discount for:
SLO Friends
All OCBC credit card holders
NTUC U card holders
AlumNUS card holders
NUSS card holders

15% discount for:
General public via SISTIC internet booking

After Early Bird promotion (from 26 December 2012 onwards)

20% discount for:
Corporate/Group/School bookings for purchases of 10 tickets and above (available at SLO office only)
OCBC Arts Platinum card holders

15% discount for:
SLO Friends
All other OCBC credit card holders
NTUC U card holders
AlumNUS card holders
NUSS card holders
Kinokuniya Privilege card holders
SLO Orchestra members
SLO Choir members
The Expressos

15% concession discount for:
Full-time NSmen
Senior Citizens (62 yrs and above)

All relevant cards must be produced in order to enjoy the discounts. Discount schemes are not valid with any other promotions/or discounts.

Schools – Use the Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy to enjoy up to 50% off ticket prices! For more details, visit (under FAQ).

Corporate/Group/Schools bookings - Please contact SLO Office at 6336-1929 or email:

About Mako Nishimoto

Mako Nishimoto was born in Shizuoka, Japan. From her childhood, she received training in a wide variety of musical instruments and she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance at the Musashino Academy of Music, where she graduated at the top of her cohort.

Mako was First-Prize winner of the 56th Student Music Contest of Japan, and National Champion of both the Tuzuki Music Awards and the NHK awards.

She has portrayed a variety of roles such as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Mimì in La Bohème, Liù in Turandot, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Nedda in Pagliacci, Térèse in Le Mamelles de Tirésias and Micaëla in Carmen.

Her solo symphonic repertoire comprises major works such as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Händel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Missa in Augustinis, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Schubert’s Messe in G-dur and Mendelssohn’s Lauda Sion.

She achieved her international debut for the title role of Madama Butterfly at the Cultural Center of Philippines in 2012.

About Israel Lozano

Singing Pinkerton with Nancy Yuen at Bangkok Opera

Tenor Israel Lozano, from Madrid, Spain, started his studies with soprano Emelina Lopez and tenor Alfredo Kraus. Studying at the Superior School of Music and Queen's Superior School of Music in Spain, Mr Lozano made his operatic debut at the age of 22 as Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the National Symphony Auditorium of Madrid. He holds a Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera from Peabody Conservatory where he studied with tenor Dr Stanley Cornett. In 2002/04 he completed the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and prepared, covered and sang roles at the Washington National Opera under the artistic direction of Plácido Domingo. Mr Lozano has received support from "La Fundación y Protección del Arte" in Spain.

Lozano sang in a televised gala concert with tenor Plácido Domingo in the Isle of Mainau, Germany, after receiving an unprecedented three prizes (Opera, Zarzuela and Audience Prizes) in the Plácido Domingo International Operalia Competition 2003.

His repertoire includes roles in La Traviata, Manon, L’elisir d’Amore, The Magic Flute, Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, La Bohème, Rigoletto, etc in addition to roles in Zarzuela, a Spanish form of operetta, and he has sung at the Baltimore Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Carolina, Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Real in Madrid, Ludwigsburg Festival in Germany, Sarasota Opera, Teatro Liceu of Barcelona, Theater an der Wien in Vienna and Bangkok Opera.

1 comment:

  1. why another puccini in the wagner/verdi bicentenary year?


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