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Beautiful Sunday Online Episode 1: The Voice

The Opera People + Nick Zavior

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Published: 9 Sep 2020


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In the pilot episode of Beautiful Sunday Online, vocal group The Opera People and crooner Nick Zavior are set to hit the high notes with disparate singing styles that show off the voice’s range and resonance. Tipping their hats to masters like Verdi, Massenet and Delibes, The Opera People's electrifying performance of classics such as Bella Figlia Dell'amore and the widely known Flower Duet from Lakmé will demonstrate what the human voice is capable of. 

Handpicked by 16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster to perform in his worldwide tour in 2017, Nick Zavior is also in tune with the beauty and alchemy of the vocal form. Unlike classical singing, pop songs employ the middle part of the voice and Zavior is just the singer to showcase this vocal range with original numbers like Fame and I Want You the Way You Are.

In 2014, Esplanade was named one of the world’s 15 most beautiful concert halls by data company Emporis. Explore the Esplanade Concert Hall from the inside and find out why it is a perfect match of design and acoustics. Learn more about its leading-edge features, including a series of reverberation chambers and a state-of-the-art canopy that can configure the hall for different types of performances.

This production of Beautiful Sunday Online was supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth’s Arts and Culture Resilience Package.


Beautiful Sunday was launched by Esplanade in 2003 at the height of the SARS crisis to encourage Singaporeans to return to arts venues for live performances. Held once a month on a Sunday, it offers the opportunity for all to enjoy a series of free community concerts in the Esplanade Concert Hall. Since its introduction, the programme has drawn almost 20,000 attendees every year. For the first time in almost two decades, Beautiful Sunday arrives in a new online edition featuring artists and ensembles performing their own originals or evergreen favourites.

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The Opera People + Nick Zavior

Set List

In order of performance 

Bella Figlia Dell'amore 
From the opera Rigoletto
Written by Giuseppe Verdi 
Performed by The Opera People with Benjamin Lim on piano

Fame
Written by Nick Zavior
Performed by Nick Zavior with Euntaek Kim on piano

Pourquoi Me Réveiller
From the opera Werther
Written by Jules Massenet
Performed by Jonathan Charles Tay with Benjamin Lim on piano

I Want You the Way You Are
Written by Nick Zavior
Performed by Nick Zavior with Euntaek Kim on piano

I Don’t Wanna Waste Your Time
Written by Nick Zavior
Performed by Nick Zavior with Euntaek Kim on piano

Duo Des Fleurs
From the opera Lakmé
Written by Léo Delibes
Performed by Felicia Teo and Joyce Lee Tung with Benjamin Lim on piano


Left Down: Felicia Teo Kaixin, Joyce Lee Tung | Right Down: Shridar Mani, Alvin Tan, Jonathan Charles Tay

The Opera People was founded in 2018 by Jonathan Charles Tay, David Charles Tay and Shridar Mani. Conceived as a collective of multi-disciplinary performers and industry professionals, it seeks to update and redefine the opera experience by melding technology with modern production techniques. The group made their debut with a recreation of Mozart's classic opera Il Re Pastore (The Shepherd King) at the Esplanade Annexe Studio in 2018 and followed up with the Southeast Asian premiere of Alexander Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg in 2019. 

Nick Zavior

Nick Zavior graduated in 2016 from LASALLE College of the Arts where he also won the prestigious McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts. The highlight act at Esplanade’s countdown parties in 2016 and 2017, and the Norwegian Embassy’s Norway Night, he has been featured on Jeremy Monteiro’s album With a Little Help from My Friends and opened for two-time Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter at The Capitol Theatre. He released his most recent single I Don't Wanna Waste Your Time in 2020. 

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