Monday, July 8, 2013

Laksa Cantata Online Feature on Time Out Singapore

Notable local composer Chen Zhangyi's Laksa Cantata makes its world premiere this coming Friday and Saturday, 12 and 13 July, as part of the Project Laksa concert at The Arts House. We speak to its two singers Kiat Goh and Rebecca Li on Time Out Singapore's website to get an understanding of what the piece is about:

About Kiat Goh:

Upon graduating from multimedia school, Kiat decided to pursue his musical passions abroad. This lead him to a year's stint at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory of Music where he honed his vocal abilities in classical opera singing. He then continued his vocal training in Berlin for another four years with Reiner Goldberg, a grammy-award winning classical singer. Kiat is equally passionate about music making and is readying the release of his debut album which features pop songs with leanings of classical and jazz, all written by himself.

He is the host of ALL THAT JAZZ and Weekend Mornings with Kiat on Symphony 92.4.

About Rebecca Li:

Rebecca started singing in 2008 with soprano Jeong Ae Ree. Previously, she was trained as an engineer and completed her Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in the US in 2004 and had been working for the Economic Development Board of Singapore for nearly six years.

In 2010, she decided to take a break from her career to pursue her passion in singing. She has just completed her Graduate Diploma of Music (Singing) at the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied under soprano Amanda Roocroft. Rebecca has performed in numerous chamber recitals, both in Singapore and London. She performed excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro with the Millennium Orchestra at Victoria Concert Hall in July 2009 in the concert "Talents and Composers from Home". In operatic roles, Rebecca has performed the role of Giannetta in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore and will be singing the role of Belinda in New Opera Singapore's upcoming performance of Dido & Aeneas on 26, 27 July at SOTA. Besides opera, Rebecca is equally passionate about lieder and performs regularly with The Sing Song Club at The Arts House.

Rebecca is now based in Singapore and continues to work as a civil servant, while sharing her love for music, in particular lieder and opera, with others.

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