KL CITY OPERA
Formerly known as ‘Eat, Sing & Travel People’, the KLCO has been in existence for the past four years since its inception in 2012. Its 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.
Kuala Lumpur City Opera Berhad was officially registered as a limited by guarantee company on 29 October 2015. Today, KLCO has a roster of 15 principals singers and a resident chorus of 35
LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT (THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT)
La fille du régiment (The daughter of the regiment), which will be staged on the 8, 10, 11 June, 2017 at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) and 17 & 18 June, 2017 at the Penang Performing Arts Centre featuring Jane Soong as Marie, Yap Jin Hin as Tonio, Shawn Liew as Sgt. Sulpice, Regina Neoh as Marquise and Adam Oakley as Hortensius. The opera will be conducted by Colombian conductor, Juan Montoya and stage direction by Amelia Tan.
OPERA GALA SPECTACULAR
A concert featuring sopranos, Sandy Cheng, Evelyn Toh, Yeoh Ker Ker, tenors, Solomon Chong, Tan Chee Shen and bass-baritone, John Tan in a program of opera’s best from master composers such as Donizetti, Rossini, Bizet, and Verdi with favorite arias and duets from Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Manon Lescaut and more accompanied on piano by Soon Kun Ming and Tomonari Tsuchiya.
Themed `Celebrating Opera Today’, the two-day Kuala Lumpur City Opera Festival (OperaKUL) will be held at Publika Solaris Dutamas – Black Box, The Square and the Bridge at Publika – where the public will get to enjoy performances, workshops and talks by well known foreign and local vocalists and musicians from the classical fraternity. There will also be screening of KLCO’s past opera productions.
OPERAKUL 2017 @PUBLIKA
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.
La fille du régiment
JUNE 8, 10, 11 @DAMANSARA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
JUNE 17, 18 @PENANG PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
KLCO fundraising concert
JUNE 9 @DAMANSARA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
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
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.
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
OCTOBER 12, 14 & 15 KL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
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.
Every month KLCO invites opera lovers to join us for an evening of opera screening at KLCO Studio. Once a month, on a Friday from 7:30PM. Whether you are an opera connoisseur or novice, you are all welcome.
- 20 January - Hansel & Gretel
- 17 February - Aida
- 17 March - Turandot
- 21 April - La Fille du Régiment
- 12 May - Les Contes du Hoffman
- 23 June - Madame Butterfly [Cancelled]
- 21 July - Le Nozze Di Figaro
- 18 Aug - La Traviata
- 15 Sep - Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Opera for Kids
KLCO's Opera for Kids workshop provides children age 5-10 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.
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 15 children. For registration please e-mail email@example.com
Semester 1 - La fille du régiment begins 4 March - 11 June 2
Semester 2 - Le Nozze di Figaro begins 8 July - 15 October 2