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Preview: Voices – A Festival of Song by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

The Esplanade’s Voices – A Festival of Song returns from 1st to 4th December, commemorating its 10th edition alongside Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s 20th anniversary. Celebrating song and voice in all forms, Voices once again brings together a multitude of types of singing from choral, opera and a cappella to pop, musical theatre and xinyao.

The King’s Singers

Over the weekend, watch as every corner of Esplanade comes alive with the sound of the human voice. Adhering to the theme of homecoming, the festival welcomes back old friends such as The King’s Singers with a new Christmas concert. Celebrate the magic of Christmas with festive favourites and brand-new surprises, as The King’s Singers present their signature close-harmony style, as well as music celebrating 100 years of Disney.

At this year’s A Capella Gala, local choral groups MICapella and 1023 will be joined by Acapellago from the Philippines for an evening of familiar pop, Mandopop and Singaporean songs, as well as some jazz standards that celebrate Singapore’s musical and cultural diversity with 1023. A special treat will include their international premiere of Mambo Jambo Medley—a cheeky tribute to the uniquely Singaporean clubbing phenomenon of the same name, made popular in the late ‘90s and early 2000’s. MICappella will also perform their signature song One Night in Beijing and their original 我的Party Time., while Acapellago promises their renditions of Queen of the Night and Burlesque.

Photo Credit: James Chan

Elsewhere, L’arietta Productions presents (in)Sincerely Yours – 3 Contemporary Operas on Lust, Lies & Longing, where the opera group presents three short contemporary chamber operas about love, lust and longing.. Dinner for Three by Micheal Ching is a tale of infidelity gone very, very wrong for all parties involved with a hilarious twist. We get to eavesdrop on a conversation by a jealous soprano and a mezzo during an intermission in Tony Solitro’s She’s Fabulous. The show takes a more serious note with Samuel Barber’s classic, A Hand of Bridge, where two seemingly happy couples play bridge and confessions start to spill about what they would really be rather doing.

Elsewhere, the Voices will also be bringing back plenty of groups who have featured in previous editions, including Rio SilaenVoices of Indonesia, Sing’Theatre, ACJC Alumni Choir, ONE Chamber Choir, ALLCAPS, Singapore Lyric Opera, Schola Cantorum Singapore, Sugar Bees, The Dandy Doo-Wops, New Recording 47, LimTayPeng and the DJs from 96.3 Hao FM. And even the audience gets to sing along too, with Musical Theatre open mic and the ever-popular Karaoke box live at Esplanade, celebrating and exploring the human voice together.

Audience members can also participate in Voices’ singing camps, with the Voices Festival Choir led by MI6—six conductors who debuted in Voices 2017 and have a long-standing relationship with the festival. And for the first time, the festival has also commissioned a song composed by one of the members of MI6, Low Xu Hao, that will premiere at the festival. No matter the genre, no matter the skill level, so long as anyone loves singing and song, there will be an event for you at Voices 2022.

Voices: A Festival of Song runs from 1st to 4th December 2022 at the Esplanade. Full programme and lineup available here

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