Opera star Stefan Pop replaces Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème on April 27 & 28

Published on 23 April 2018

Opera star Stefan Pop, winner of the Operalia and Seoul Competitions, replaces Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in SSO’s concert version presentation of La bohème on April 27 and 28 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Castronovo has withdrawn from the performance.

In 2010, at the age of 23, Stefan Pop won two of the most important international vocal competitions just seven days apart, on two different continents: Operalia, hosted by Teatro alla Scala in Milan under the careful guidance of Maestro Placido Domingo, where he was of the few competitors in the entire history of the contest who won two prizes in the same evening, the first prize and the auditorium prize; and the 6th International Music Competition in Seoul, where he won the first prize.

One of the most beloved operas of all time, La bohème will be directed by Lan Shui and also features American star soprano Angel Blue as Mimì. A former Miss Hollywood and Miss Southern California, Blue won the Zarzuela Prize and Second Prize in Operalia (2009). In the 2018/19 season she makes her Royal Opera debut singing Violetta Valéry (La traviata) and returns to the Metropolitan Opera for La bohème and Porgy and Bess.

Angel Blue will conduct a masterclass for sopranos and tenors on April 29 at the Victoria Concert Hall Dance Studio. Charles Castronovo was originally scheduled to join Blue for this masterclass.

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SSO GALA: LA BOHÈME

DATES & TIME

27 & 28 April 2018 (Friday & Saturday), 7.30pm

Pre-concert Talk: 6.30pm at library@esplanade

VENUE

Esplanade Concert Hall

PERFORMERS

Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui, conductor
Stefan Pop, Rodolfo (tenor)
Angel Blue, Mimì (soprano)
Zhou Zheng Zhong, Marcello (baritone)
Kelebogile Besong, Musetta (soprano)
Dario Russo, Colline (bass)
Zoltan Nagy, Schaunard (bass-baritone)
Martin Ng, Benoît / Alcindoro (baritone)
Jonathan Charles Tay, Parpignol (tenor)
Singapore Symphony Chorus
Eudenice Palaruan, Choral Director
Singapore Symphony Youth Choir
Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir
Wong Lai Foon, Choirmaster
Cherilyn Woo, Stage Director
Genevieve Peck, Lighting Designer

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PROGRAMME

  • PUCCINI
    La bohème (Concert Version in 4 Acts)

TICKET PRICES*

$168, $108, $58, $38, $25

*before booking fees: $1 for tickets $20 and below, $3 for tickets $20.01 to $40, $4 for tickets above $40.

CONCESSION DISCOUNTS

Students, Senior Citizens & NSF: 30% discount (Cat 4-5)

Tickets are available from SISTIC hotline: 6348 5555, website: https://ticketing.sso.org.sg/, SISTIC counters island-wide and Esplanade Box Office.

MASTERCLASS WITH ANGEL BLUE

DATES & TIME

29 April 2018 (Sunday), 3.00pm

VENUE

Victoria Concert Hall Dance Studio

TICKET PRICES*

$15

*before booking fees: $1 for tickets $20 and below, $3 for tickets $20.01 to $40, $4 for tickets above $40.

Tickets are available from SISTIC hotline: 6348 5555, website: https://ticketing.sso.org.sg/ and SISTIC counters island-wide.

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