Esplanade Presents | Voices – A Festival of Song 2017
Close Harmony (Early Beach Boys)
9 Dec 2017: 7.45pm & 9.45pm
10 Dec 2017: 7.15pm & 8.30pm
Four classically-trained Singapore opera singers come together to form the all-male vocal quartet, The Shiny Speedos. Join tenors Jonathan Charles Tay, David Charles Tay, Jeremy Koh and baritone Alvin Tan at the Pop-up Stage as they present a selection of songs in the style of the early Beach Boys!
Jonathan Charles Tay
Tenor Jonathan Charles Tay has performed actively in his native Singapore, as well as in the US. On the opera stage, Tay recently played the role of Steuermann in the Richard Wagner Association of Singapore’s local premiere of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer. Other previous roles in Singapore include the title role in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Peppe in Donizetti’s Rita, The Sailor in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, the Narrator in Bach's Kaffee Kantate in a staged production, Hussar in Stravinsky's Mavra and Peter Quint in New Opera Singapore’s highly acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Other roles performed in the US include Astolf in Schubert's Die Versworenen, Edoardo in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio, Muley Graves in Ricky Ian Gordon's Grapes of Wrath, Laurie in Mark Adamo’ s Little Women and Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Tay also performed as Re Gonzaga and L’araldo in Franco Faccio’s Amleto, a new-world premiere with Opera Southwest, as well as being the understudy for the title role of Amleto. The recording of their performance in Albuquerque was listed in Opera News’ best of 2016 recordings.
David Charles Tay
“David Charles Tay was a vocal standout, with a pure clean tenor drew the ear consistently” – Opera News, July 2017
Tenor David Charles Tay has performed extensively in Singapore, the United States and Germany. Recent highlights include performances in Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ Sir John in Love and Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff with Bronx Opera, Mozart’s Die Zauberflote and Don Giovanni with Lyric Opera Weimar and Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with New Opera Singapore.
Equally in love with art song and concert repertoire, some of his recent performances include Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Poulenc’s Tel jour telle nuit, Britten’s Winter Words and Serenade, among others. David moved to New York City in 2007 where he completed his Bachelor of Music at the Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Neil Rosenshein. He went on to study with Lorraine Nubar for his Graduate studies at the New England Conservatory and is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Music at the Manhattan School of Music.
Tenor Jeremy Koh is the first Singaporean to win the Tan Ngiang Kaw/Tan Ngiang Ann Memorial Vocal Competition. Koh’s operatic endeavours include Raoul de St. Brioche (The Merry Widow), Bastien (Bastien und Bastienne), Gingerbread Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Kornélis (La Princesse Jaune), and He from the world premiére of Nicole Murphy’s The Kamikaze Mind. As a concert soloist, he has sung in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor, Bach’s Magnificat in D Major, and the world premiere of Goh Toh Chai’s Song of the Rising Wind. Koh has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music after receiving a diploma in music from NAFA. He has studied with tenors Lim Shieh Yih, Justin Lavender, Nicholas Sears, soprano Jessica Chen and baritone Stephen Roberts.
Alvin Tan, baritone, received his music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, after obtaining degrees in Human Resources and International Relations, Finance, and Accounting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has sung the roles of Podestain Le Docteur Miracle, Apollo in L’egisto, Mr John Brooke in Little Women, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Le Dancaïro in Carmen, and Discord in Les Arts Florissants.
On the concert stage, he performed The Wound-Dresser, for baritone and orchestra composed by John Adams; Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Benjamin Britten, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy Op. 80 and has recently sung the role of St George in John Rutter's Reluctant Dragon and Faure's Requiem with Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra.
Tan was awarded the Edwin Barlow Scholarship after winning first place in the National Association of Teachers voice competition. He was also awarded the Shell Foundation Bursary from the Singapore National Arts Council, and an honorary award winner in NDTV International Vocal Competition in New York City. He will be singing the Carmina Burana with BHSO this December.More details Less details
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