As a musician, I think one of the best things about my job is being able to travel, and make new friends, as well as reconnect with old friends and family. In the winter of 2014, I flew home to my beautiful sunny island, Singapore, to sing in ChildAid, a charity concert held by our national newspaper, Straits Times. I am a proud advocate for this charity which helps provide lunch money for children of low income families. It’s sister charity, Budding Artist Funds helps to pay for music lessons for children of low income families who show artistic promise. This concert benefitted both causes, and it was also the production’s 10th anniversary! A record breaking $2.327 million dollars was raised! It was so fulfilling, and I had a blast performing in the show. I sang “O mio Babbino Caro” by Giacomo Puccini, and the theme song of the concert, “A World to Imagine” by Iskandar Ismail. Here are some pictures of me singing the Puccini aria.
Here is a link to the recording:
The finale of the concert was beautiful, with confetti floating from the ceiling, and the entire company of the concert onstage.
After this memorable concert, I returned to the USA, and performed my very first bel canto role in Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic comedy opera, L’Elisir d’Amore. As you can tell from the animated expressions, it is quite dramatic, and lots of laughter spring up from the opera. Here are some pictures of me singing the lead role of Adina.