President S R Nathan
Patron-in-Chief of Singapore Lyric Opera

The Singapore Lyric Opera Limited (SLO) is pleased to announce that President S R Nathan, President of the Republic of Singapore has accepted its invitation to be the Patron-in-Chief of SLO with immediate effect.

President Nathan's patronage as Patron-in-Chief adds to the illustrious list of patrons that SLO has over the years. The current Patron is Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Manpower and 2nd Minister for Defence, who took over from Dr Lee Boon Yang, when the latter became the Minister for Communications, Information and the Arts.

Both Dr Ng and Dr Lee have worked closely with the Board of Directors to help SLO realize its mission and vision, dispensing advice and help whenever needed.

Mr Toh Weng Cheong, Chairman of SLO said that SLO Directors were elated and pleased to have the President's patronage and support. He added: 'President Nathan has been very supportive of the work of SLO and has been attending our performances regularly. His presence is a great source of encouragement to us all. His advice and insights as Patron-in-Chief would be invaluable as we chart our course to meet future challenges in an increasingly open and more competitive arts scene. We are deeply honoured that the President accepted our invitation. With his patronage we look forward to enhancing SLO's role to popularize and create wider appreciation of opera and music theatre in Singapore.'