Singapore Lyric Opera’s first Honorary Artistic Director, internationally acclaimed soprano, Nancy Yuen.
24 August 2015 - Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO) is proud to announce the appointment of Nancy Yuen as its first Honorary Artistic Director. With an extensive background in opera and renowned for her signature role as Cio-cio-san (Madama Butterfly), Nancy Yuen brings with her a vast experience and immense dedication to guide SLO to even greater heights.
Having been both a performer and an educator, Nancy says that she is ‘deeply honored and excited’ to be given this assignment, especially it being the golden jubilee of Singapore as well as SLO’s 25th anniversary.
Nancy will lead the SLO artistic team. With her experience in opera performance and staging, she will impart her knowledge and insight and provide direction and inspiration to the SLO production and creative personnel.
Nancy has been a member of the Artistic Committee of Opera Hong Kong since 2013 and was the Head of Vocal Studies at Singapore Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts from 2003 to February 2010. She is currently the Head of Vocal Studies at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Her commitment and desire to improve the appeal of western opera in Singapore will certainly make opera gain greater acceptance and popularity in our contemporary society.
When asked about her future plans for SLO, Nancy Yuen enthused that “We plan to present operas in an accessible way, reaching out to schools, community centres and beyond. We hope to organize an ASEAN Voice Competition in 2016 that will be open to singers from age 13 onwards to talent spot local and regional singers. We will work with neighboring opera companies to co-present opera works, extending our network and bringing SLO to the forefront in the region. We are also hoping to recruit more singers to our SLO Chorus and SLO Children Choir with a number of activities planned just for them.”
Her guidance and acquired knowledge from the years she spent honing her craft, will allow SLO to grow as a brand and to have a stronger stance in Singapore’s burgeoning arts industry.