17 Feb 2012 Opera Comique IN the Classroom
Opera as a music form has survived and evolved for many centuries. Itscontinuing ability to reflect the most raw and complex of human emotions has given it relevance in the world today. It is this ability to tell stories using various forms of classical music that has continued to enthral and excite. Opera today, however, is stigmatized as being old-fashioned and inaccessible. Nevertheless, it is encouraging to see that interest in studying opera has been slowly growing and today there are a good number of young singers pursuing voice locally and abroad. New Opera Singapore’s aim is to provide these aspiring singers with performing opportunities and to change people’s perceptions about opera through fresh, exciting and innovative productions.
This year is going to be an exciting year for New Opera Singapore Ltd. In January, they became an institute of public character and currently preparing for their inaugural full opera production, Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore. Over the next few
months New Opera Singapore is also planning many more outreach programmes and concerts to promote opera to the masses and especially to the young.
Opera Comique II: in the classroom is the second in a series of light-hearted musicals featuring opera arias and art songs. It is fully produced and performed by some of the brightest local talent. Credit should go to Ms Jeong Ae Ree (Music Director), Mr Goh Ming Siu (Director) and Ms Oh Hye Rin (Pianist) for all their hard work and guidance.
New Opera Singapore’s journey thus far has been an eventful one. On behalf of everyone at New Opera Singapore, I would like to thank the National Arts Council, School of the Arts and tonight’s audience without which this concert would not have been possible. It is our aim to reach as many people as possible with the message of opera. Thank you for joining us on this journey and I hope you enjoy the concert.