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Singapore Sun Festival back with more to offer


Erza S. T.

After two years, showcasing more than 500 international and regional artists and more than 180 events in music, performing arts, cuisine, movies, literature and even well-being, The Singapore Sun Festival is back for its third year with another stellar line-up of exciting events from Oct. 3 to 12.

This celebration of the art of living well, known as The Sun Festival, is a premium lifestyle festival celebrated around the world including in Napa Valley in America and Tuscany in Europe. As for our continent, Singapore has been the host for the last two festivals showcasing only the best.

Big names from various backgrounds - including Geoffrey Rush, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the Vienna Choir Boys, Chef Charlie Trotter, Sergio Mendez and many more - were some of the artists who participated in last year's event. And this year, festival organizer IMG Artists plans to present more artists than before.

This coming October, the festival is back and is set to present big names in all six categories; music, visual arts, film, literature, wine and cuisine, and wellbeing. Some exciting names including Elvis Costello, Angela Gheorgiu, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Joan Chen, the principal dancers of the Bolshoi Theatre and The Mariinsky Theatre, Nobel-winner Wole Soyinka, Deepak Chopra and even Oprah's chef Art Smith are among the line-up for this year's Singapore Sun Festival.

Below are several highlight events we are really looking forward to

In Music and Performing Arts

A World Premiere Performance of International Ballet Gala with specially selected principal dancers of The Bolshoi Theatre and Mariinsky Theatre

Oct. 3.

This is the first collaboration ever to be made between Bolshoi and Mariinsky for the festival gala opening. For all ballet aficionados, the Bolshoi Theatre is no stranger and is one of the world's greatest. This unique collaboration will be an exciting show not to be missed.

Opera Gala - Singapore Premiere Performance presents The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra with Jaap Van Zweden, Soprano Angela Gheorgiu and Tenor Marius Manea

Oct. 10.

Opera lovers rejoice! This is surely an opera gala you cannot miss. Angela Gheorgiu is our soprano diva who stunned the public in her great portrayal of Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata in 1994 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. On this occasion she will accompany the highly reputed Romanian tenor Marius Manea, together with The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, performing arias from the bel canto golden era such as La Boheme, L'elisir d'amore and many more.

Elvis Costello: A Solo Performance

Oct. 5. Elvis Costello is one of greatest musicians of this century. Famous for his versatility, Elvis is not only a singer, but also a composer and musician who has been influenced heavily by a wide range of musical styles ranging from pop to punk rock, new wave and even classical music. Best known for his performances with The Attractions in the 70's, Elvis will perform some of his greatest hits in this one-night-only concert. Not to be missed!

Al Jarreau

Oct. 6.

Nominated by Time Magazine as "The greatest jazz singer alive", Al Jarreau will bring sensational jazz classics such as "We're In This Love Together", "Take Five", "Roof Garden" and "Boogie Down" to the Singapore Sun Festival this year. One of the few artists to win Grammys in three categories of jazz, pop and R&B, catch Al's performance on October 6th.

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The Jakarta Post, September 27, 2009


Erza S.T. previews Elvis Costello solo, Monday, October 5, 2009, Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore.


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