Kuala Lumpur City Opera

Celebrating Opera Today





Formerly known as ‘Eat, Sing & Travel People’, Kuala Lumpur City Opera (KLCO) was established in 2012 and incorporated on 29 October 2015. Our primary objective is to promote western opera music interests among Malaysians through stage performances and concerts whilst also keeping abreast with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s objective in promoting Malaysia’s uniqueness in arts, culture and heritage for growth in tourism and cultural sectors. 

With the aforementioned objectives, our artistic initiatives have culminated in the receipt of two BOH Cameronian Kakiseni Arts Award for two of our productions in 2014.

Today, KLCO has a roster of 15 principals singers and a resident chorus of 50.


To be an innovative, inclusive and financially sustainable opera company. 


  • To promote an appreciation for western opera and to establish opera as an integral part of the arts and cultural landscape in Malaysia
  • To present quality programs consisting of fully staged opera, concert and outreach initiatives while broadening the scope of activities to encourage and increase participation from communities
  • Developing emerging talents to nurture and to realize their potential by providing a platform for learning, experience and growth


  • Organization – manage the company with sound procedures and processes to ensure consistency and fairness
  • People – work together as a family based on mutual respect and trust
  • Excellence - committed to strive for high standards in every facet of our artistic, musical, production and administration output
  • Relationship – continuously build long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Ambassador – be a champion of the opera art form in our communities to encourage participation and enjoyment



Past Productions






















The Russian bells & EUGENE ONEGIN

SAT 3 MAR 2018 8:30PM
SUN 4 MAR 2018 3:00PM


Kuala Lumpur City Opera Chorus is proud to be a part of another Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra concert.

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Stanislav Kochanovsky, conductor
Tatiana Pavlovskaya, soprano
Irina Shishkova, contralto
Pavel Cernoch, tenor
Alexey Markov, baritone
Kuala Lumpur City Opera Chorus

The Bells

Scenes from Eugene Onegin

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells is one of the composer’s favourite compositions and his secular choral masterpiece. The four movements depict different stages of human life – carefree youth, happy adolescence and love, maturity and epilogue. Stanislav Kochanovsky and a cast of leading Russian singers also perform highlights from Eugene Onegin, a lyric opera by Tchaikovsky inspired by Pushkin’s novel, in which a selfish hero lives to regret his rejection of a young woman’s love.

Photo credit: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra





An opera based on the Grimm Brothers' fairy-tale with music composed by nineteenth century composer Engelbert Humperdinck in 1892 in Frankfurt with a libretto written by his sister, Adelheid Wette. Hansel and Gretel was first conducted in Weimar by Richard Strauss in 1893. The infamous story of two siblings send to search for strawberries by their Mother as a punishment for breaking a milk jar finds themselves lost in the forest. Are they going to make it out of the forest? Find out about how their adventure unfolds in this production by KLCO, sung in English with Chinese supertitles.

Note: More information about the production will be announced at a later date. Please stay tune or follow us on our social media channels.





One of the most popular opera of all time, Puccini's story of love and heartbreak. Cio-Cio-San, a young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American Naval officer, Pinkerton leading to dire consequences. An opera in two acts, by Giacomo Puccini, words by L. Illica and G. Giacosa after the story of John Luther Long and the drama of David Belasco . Sung in Italian with English and Chinese supertitles.

Note: More information about the production will be announced at a later date. Please stay tune or follow us on our social media channels.

Photo credit: Benjamin Lacombe




APRIL 1 & 2

OperaKUL returns for the second year, as part of the 2017 MAPFest. Come join us for a weekend of opera and classical music! Enjoy the talks, workshops, performances and bazaar by local and international artists such as maestro Nicoletta Conti, renowned conductor; Cecilia Yap, Solomon Chong, Ang Mei Foong, Chi Hoe Mak, Janet Kan, Andrea Panduano, Ng U-En, the Wicked Music People, the Universiti Putra Malaysia Orchestra, Gaudeamus Youth Chamber Choir and the Kuala Lumpur City Opera Chorus. Venue: Black Box, the Square, Bridge at Blue Zone. Time: 2:00pm-10:00pm and bazaar from 10:00am-10:00pm. 

 OperaKUL 2017 April 1 & 2, 2017

OperaKUL 2017 April 1 & 2, 2017

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La fille du régiment




























KLCO fundraising concert


La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) is an opéra comique in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti, set to a French libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard. Casts include Jane Soong as Marie, Yap Jin Hin as Tonio, Shawn Liew as Sergeant Sulpice, Regina Neoh as Marquise of Berkenfield, the Kuala Lumpur City Opera Chorus and KL City Opera Orchestra Ensemble. Conducted by Juan Montoya and Concert master, Lim Jae Sern. For tickets, visit www.dpac.com.my or www.ticketpro.com.my


Act I

On their way to Austria, the terrified Marquise of Berkenfield and her butler, Hortensius, have paused in their journey because the French army is blocking their way. When the marquise hears from villagers that the French troops have at last retreated, she comments on the rude manners of the French people. Hortensius asks Sulpice, sergeant of the 21st regiment, to let the marquise continue on. Sulpice is joined by Marie, the mascot—or “daughter”—of the regiment, which adopted her as an orphaned child. When Sulpice questions her about a young man she has been seen with, she explains that he is a local Tyrolean who—though an enemy—once saved her life. Troops of the 21st arrive with a prisoner: this same Tyrolean, Tonio, who says he has been looking for Marie. She steps in to save him, and while he toasts his new friends, Marie sings the regimental song. Tonio is ordered to follow the soldiers, but he escapes and returns to declare his love to Marie. Sulpice surprises them, and Marie must admit to Tonio that she can only marry a soldier from the 21st.

The Marquise of Berkenfield asks Sulpice for an escort to return her to her castle. When he hears the name Berkenfield, Sulpice remembers a letter he discovered near the young Marie when she was found. The marquise soon admits that she knew the girl’s father and says that Marie is the long-lost daughter of her sister. The child was left in the care of the marquise, but was lost on a battlefield. Shocked by the girl’s rough manners, the marquise is determined to give her niece a proper education and take her to the castle. As Marie says goodbye to the soldiers, she learns that Tonio has enlisted so that he can marry her. She has to leave both her regiment and the man she loves.

Act II

The marquise has arranged a marriage between Marie and Scipion, nephew of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Sulpice is also at the castle, recovering from an injury, and is supposed to be helping the marquise with her plans. The marquise gives Marie a singing lesson, accompanying her at the piano. Encouraged by Sulpice, Marie slips in phrases of the regimental song, and the marquise loses her temper. Left alone, Marie thinks about the meaninglessness of money and position. She hears soldiers marching in the distance and is delighted when the whole regiment files into the hall. Tonio, Marie, and Sulpice are reunited. Tonio asks for Marie’s hand, declaring that Marie is his whole life, but the marquise, unmoved, declares her niece engaged to another man and dismisses Tonio. Alone with Sulpice, the marquise confesses the truth: Marie is her own illegitimate daughter whom she abandoned, fearing social disgrace.

Hortensius announces the arrival of the wedding party, headed by the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Marie refuses to leave her room. When Sulpice tells her that the marquise is her mother, the surprised girl declares that she cannot go against her mother’s wishes and agrees to marry a man that she does not love. As she is about to sign the marriage contract, the soldiers of the 21st regiment, led by Tonio, storm in to rescue their “daughter.” The noble guests are horrified to learn that Marie was a canteen girl, but they change their opinion when she tells them that she can never repay the debt she owes the soldiers. The marquise is so moved by her daughter’s goodness of heart that she gives her permission to marry Tonio. Everyone joins in a final “Salut à la France.” 

(Source: Metropolitan Opera)

A night of exquisite opera arias from famous operas such as Rigoletto, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata,Manon Lescaut featuring some of our best local talents such as sopranos, Sandy Cheng, Evelyn Soong, Yeoh Ker Ker, tenors, Solomon Chong, Tan Chee Shen accompanied by Soon Kun Ming on piano.

le nozze di figaro


Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), is an opera buffa (comic opera) in four acts composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786. The opera's libretto is based on a stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, La folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro ("The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro"), which was first performed in 1784. It tells how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer Count Almaviva to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in fidelity. Casts include Chi Hoe Mak as Count Almaviva, Ang Mei Foong as Countess Rosina, Samuel Lim as Figaro, Ho Chi Mei as Susanna, Sonnia Chaing Yi Ling as Cherubino, Chin Vun Chieh as Dr Bartolo, Cynthia Tan as Marcellina, Terence Au as Antonio, Bui Yik Ling as Barbarina and Alphonsus Sim as Basilio & Don Curzio.



 Opera for Kids 2018

Opera for Kids 2018

Opera for Kids 

KLCO's Opera for Kids workshop provides children age 6-10 an appreciation of opera through story-telling, handicraft, music rehearsals and participation in an actual opera production. 

The classes are conducted by KLCO teachers who are musician and performers and coached by professional stage director, conductor with the opportunity to work alongside adult singers and chorus.




A new workshop for teenagers age 11-15, which not only enhances the appreciation for opera but participants will also be trained in music theory, sight-singing, acting and theatre stagecraft.

The workshop is dynamic and participants will be involved in the process of creation and production of their own opera. However, participants may be required to participate in other KLCO productions as well.

2018 workshops

The workshop is conducted from 10am-12pm every Saturday for 3 months before the actual opera production. The course fee is RM300 per month. Class is limited to a maximum of 20 children.

For registration please e-mail klcostudio@gmail.com

Semester 1 - Hansel & Gretel 7 April - 8 July, 2018

Semester 2 - Madama Butterfly  4 August - 21 November, 2018


The workshop is conducted from 2pm-4pm every Saturday for 2 semesters of 3 months each. The course fee is RM300 per month. Class is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

For registration please e-mail klcostudio@gmail.com

Semester 1 - 7 April - 8 July, 2018

Semester 2 - 4 August - 21 November, 2018