Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Demystifying Opera

Everybody knows the iconic Sydney Opera House, and everybody loves taking photos next to it. However, Western opera is an art form not many of us are familiar with. But if you appreciate high drama and a good tune, it just might appeal to you.

Thwarted love, throbbing passion and tragic endings are the hallmarks of countless Western operas – there are emotions aplenty and marvellous music in Carmen, Madama Butterfly and Romeo et Juliette, just to name a few. You may wonder: Why are the divas generally larger than life (literally)? Why are happy endings such a rarity for our sad-eyed heroines?

You could get the answers to these questions, and more, at Demystifying Opera 101, an interactive workshop here at the Esplanade, conducted by Joseph Lee, a former opera singer and pioneer of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra Education programme, on 7 February at 2pm.

If you’ve ever thought about attending a Western opera production, but wondered if it might be your cup of tea, this workshop will help set you straight. In addition to learning more about Western opera, you will be able to try your hand at writing, then performing, your own mini opera. No prior experience is required.

So, an aria is not a pizza from Spizza. Who knows, Puccini, Bizet and Verdi may yet find a place in your permanent CD collection. Tix at $15 per person.

Available at:
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
1 Esplanade Drive, Rehearsal Studio
Tel: (65) 6828 8377


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