Ipohites can look forward to their first full length opera to be performed here on December 4. Music from La Traviata, one of the world’s most popular operas, will be reverberating through the halls of the Kinta River Front Hotel when the Merry Opera Company from the UK puts on this widely acclaimed opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi – an Italian opera composer of the 19th century.
Organised by the committee of the St Andrew Festival headed by organising chairman Chuah Sze Tong, whose objectives are to promote further understanding of cultural and arts activities and to raise funds for the Building Fund of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Ipoh, this event promises to elevate the cultural scene in Ipoh to new heights.
Cast and members of the opera company are professional operatic singers and actors hailing from all over Europe and the entire opera will be performed in English augmented with English sub-titles.
All surplus proceeds from the performance will go towards the St Andrew’s building fund which will be used to build a multipurpose building on the church premises, for church activities as well as house a grand concert hall. Presently, as St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Ipoh is listed as a heritage building by the Perak state government, no alterations and extensions can be done to it and it is hoped that the planned addition will not only allow the church to expand its activities but to provide an additional venue for arts and cultural shows; thus relieving Ipoh of the stigma of being a ‘cultural desert’.
Early bird rates at substantial discount till October 31 are available. Ticketing agents are: Popular Book Store (3 outlets in Ipoh), Ebony Guitar House, Pusat Tuisyen Alfa Omega, OneLink Tax Services. Perak Society of Performing Arts, Hirojaya Piano House and Creative Music Academy.
For sponsorship and advertising, contact the organising chairman, ST Chuah 019-414 5166 or visit:
http://standrewfestipoh.wordpress.com for ticket prices.