REVIEW: A Heart That Loves + Poet’s Love by New Opera Singapore (2/11/16)

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“ Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton.

New Opera Singapore was last seen at the Victoria Theatre with a production of Orpheus In The Underworld. They’re back again, and presenting their very first Youth Opera and Artiste-in-Residence concert series. The Youth Opera was started with the intent to spot and groom youths in Singapore with the talent for and interest in singing opera.

Tonight, these young opera stars in the making wowed the crowd with their vocal techniques and high pitches. Of the cast, Evangeline Ng managed to enchant the audience with her powerful and warm vocals, hitting all the right notes. The 17-year-old is truly a diamond in the rough waiting to be discovered and is definitely one to look out for in the near future.

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⁠⁠⁠After the intermission in the second half of the recital, Jonathan Charles Tay (Tenor), New Opera Singapore’s first Artist-in-Residence, sung songs translated from Schumann’s best known song cycle, Poet’s Love its actually Dichterliebe op.48. He captivated the crowd with his soulful and strong vocals, bringing out every emotion from the pieces, using a plethora of vocal techniques and dramatic expressions.

It’s such a shame that these talents remain unrecognised as the opera scene suffers from lack of recognition in this grades driven society. The arts are an integral aspect of our lives; it nourishes the soul, and I guess it’s time we learn to appreciate them more.

New Opera will be back again next January with an all new performance of love and passion titled CabaRed. You can follow for more updates at their Facebook page.

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