Symphony Orchestra, Singapore

From the black tie musician who plays Chopin, gamelan groups who play the music of our region, and the international pop stars who make their appearances on this sunny island, Singapore has everything for the music lover.

Classical music fans can catch Singapore Symphony Orchestra in its weekly concerts at Esplanade. For a taste of Chinese music, check out the Singapore Chinese Orchestra's fortnightly series at the Singapore Conference Hall. Singapore also has a proliferation of other ethnic musical groups who stage performances at local theatres.

Opera fan? The Singapore Lyric Opera delights audiences with western classics like Carmen from time to time. For a taste of traditional Asian opera, check out concerts staged by local operatic associations, such as Chinese Opera Institute, and Chinese Theatre Circle. One can find a variety of operas ranging from Cantonese, Beijing, Hokkien, Malay Bangwasan to Indian Malayalam in Singapore. In fact, there is even an Singapore International Cantonese Opera Festival every September and October.

Apart from classical music, Singapore also has a thriving pop industry. Stars such as Diana Krall, Cliff Richard, Red Hot Chillie Peppers, and Jackie Cheung, have all performed in Singapore; and there are more to come.

There are plenty of musical events all year round - Music Festival, Womad, Singapore International Piano Festival.

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