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Preview: VCHpresents – Love and Longing, and French Connections by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra


Rising star Chinese tenor Long Long will be joining pianist Tengku Irfan for a delightful programme of songs and opera arias on Sunday 10th November. Titled Love and Longing, the chamber concert, which is part of the SSO’s VCHpresents season, features music by Massenet, Fauré, Verdi and Gounod.

Long Long is one of the most exciting lyric tenors of his generation. Having graduated from the Shanghai Music Academy and the University Opera Research Institute in Beijing, he won the third prize at the Tenor Viñas Competition in Barcelona and at the Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warsaw as well as the first prize at the International Music Competition Harbin. Since September 2019 he has been a member of the Staatsoper Hannover.

This November, SSO will also be bidding farewell to Co-Concertmaster Lynnette Seah, who will be retiring from the SSO. In January 1979 the SSO presented its inaugural concert, and with it marked the debut of 21-year-old Lynnette Seah as acting orchestra leader. Over 40 years, Lynnette became the face of the SSO for generations of music lovers in Singapore and a warm constant presence for numerous visiting musicians. She has performed for seven presidents and three prime ministers of Singapore as well as for the late King of Thailand and the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

To commemorate Lynnette’s incredible career, the SSO will be presenting the ‘French Connections’ chamber concert at the Victoria Concert Hall on Thursday 14th November. Lynnette will team up with SSO Principal harpist Gulnara Mashurova and a host of other musicians from the SSO for a programme of works that includes Massenet’s Méditation from Thaïs and Fauré’s Piano Quartet No.1.

Love and Longing plays on 10th November 2019 at the Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets available from SISTIC

French Connections plays on 14th November 2019 at the Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets available from SISTIC

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