Episode 19: Martin Ng, Operatic Baritone. The Future of Opera in AsiaVote
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Joining me here is a Singapore-Based, Italian-trained operatic baritone: Martin Ng. His repertoire covers Rossini, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Stravinsky, and many more. He has appeared in The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, I Pagliacci, La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, to name a few.
In this conversation, we discuss Martin Ng's journey as an opera singer. Instead of a straight path to singing, he started as an attorney early on. However, his zeal and passion for opera soon overtook his desire to practice law. So he set out for a one-year stay in Italy to learn the language and take some voice lessons. One year turned into twelve. And the law practice is now a distant past.
Then life took another turn. Martin packed up and moved back to Singapore in 2017.
This decision was based on an issue near and dear to Martin's heart: the development of the Italian opera in Asia. During the quarantine, it became clear; the Asian Opera Companies could now produce successful productions utilizing all Asian cast. This has a profound implication for the future of opera in Asia.
Martin Ng's new organization: Lyrica Arts, based in Singapore
Links to Complete Performances:
Pura siccome un'angelo from La Traviata: https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR3sCvLB7LGpdzYULiwEsFAk7JcOr2CO5aZ_LWzaf3I4fjAl7LtSHCIO1oQ&v=n4Vr76Y1424&feature=youtu.be
Si puo, si puo from I Pagliacci: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAK34Ja-KpI
Nick Shadow's Aria: In Youth the Panting Slave from The Rake's Progress
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