Conducted in Cantonese.
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25 November Becoming Puccini
Have you ever wondered how Puccini came to become one of the most popular opera composers of all time? What were the influential factors in his life that shaped him into who he was? In this lecture, tenor David Quah will present us with a glimpse of Puccini’s personal life, taking a look into his family, friends, schooling, hobbies, and of course the music he made that made him into the great composer as we know today.
2 December Puccini’s Operas
This lecture delves into Puccini's iconic operas including La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900) and Madama Butterfly (1904). How did Puccini come up with these operas, and how did they change his life? What came before and after these operas? Speaker David Quah hopes to shed some light on these questions.
9 December The Sleepless World of Puccini
This lecture will continue to delve into Puccini’s late work – Turandot (1924). Speaker David Quah will also discuss the influence of Puccini and his impact on the contemporary world. Let’s unravel the lasting magic of Puccini’s operas!
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Speaker: David Quah
Winner of the coveted Marianne Mathy Australian Singing Competition, Malaysian born David Quah made his professional debut singing Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Opera Queensland. Quah performed many roles both locally and overseas. He performed in the British Premiere of Datong – The Chinese Utopia ( 2017, London), and premiere of Chan Hing-yan’s chamber opera Ghost Love presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in 2018. He is currently Artistic Director of Bel Canto Singers Foundation, who aims at promoting vocal music.
Soprano: Candice Chung