Celebrating Opera Today
Western Opera has being in existence for decades in Malaysia but since the establishment of KL City Opera, western opera productions have become a staple and regular feature in Malaysia’s Arts & Cultural landscape bringing diversity and which heightens Malaysians arts appreciation of operatic music and performances.
A gold award category holder of the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod, an international choir festival, Kuala Lumpur City Opera Chorus has been invited to perform in many big stages including by the renowned Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Singapore Lyric Opera. During YSDAF, they will be presenting the opening chorus from their upcoming opera production, “L’elisir D’amore” (The Elixir of Love), which they performed under The Eat, Sing & Travel People company in 2014 before they became KL City Opera.
Followed by La Traviata which they presented in 2019 and again this year in collaboration with Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra and MOV Asia from Korea at DFP. The next number is a Chinese dialect song, which they performed recently for a doctorate research presentation. Their YSDAF performance ends Bell Chorus, a piece which they wanted to perform just before the pandemic in collaboration with award winning choreographer, Kenny Shim but the show was cancelled. This year, they managed to perform this song in their gala concert at PJPAC.
About the Artiste / Group
Kuala Lumpur City Opera (KLCO) was established in 2012 and incorporated on 29 October 2015. Their primary objective is to promote western opera music interests among Malaysians through stage performances and concerts whilst also keeping abreast with the objective in promoting Malaysia’s uniqueness in arts, culture and heritage.
Their artistic initiatives have culminated in the receipt of 4 BOH Cameronian Arts Award for two of their productions in 2014 and 2018.
Today, KLCO has a roster of over 20 principals singers and a resident chorus of 50 members. Recent productions include Pergolesi Double Bill: Salve Regina and La Serva Padrona (2023), 2023 Opera Gala Spectactular (2023), Carmen (2022), A Grand Night of Opera (2022) and Lo Voix Humaine (2022).
Mixed – English, BM, Mandarin, Italian, French
Producers: Danny Chen, Ho Soon Yoon
Chorus Master: Mak Chi Hoe