European Chamber Opera Thailand
European Chamber Opera Thailand is a ASEAN branch of the parent company located in Bangkok, Thailand and operating throughout Southeast Asia. We aim to provide approachable opera to the public and raise the level of opera appreciation in Thailand. In addition, we also provide a voice training program for young local singers to prepare them for an international career. Since our introduction in 2012, we have already produced more than 40 concerts to private and public audiences throughout Bangkok and Southeast Asia.
Launched in 2012 by Artistic Director Stefan Sanchez, European Chamber Opera Thailand was formed as a response to the need for accessible, viable, and well-sung opera in the Southeast Asian region. The classical music scene in Thailand has never been more vibrant, but this artistic growth in local performances is not reflected by an increase audience understanding. European Chamber Opera Thailand, through its performances and educational programs, aims to provide the solution to this problem.
European Chamber Opera Thailand provides a platform for young Thai opera singers to perform to audiences in Thailand, nurturing their development to become professional opera singers with a successful international career. The uniqueness of European Chamber Opera Thailand is encapsulated in the phrase “From Page to Stage,” an important holistic approach to opera training which guides the talented young opera singers through their journey from the classrooms to European Chamber Opera Thailand stage.
Since our inception, the company has fast become a success story in Thailand and, indeed, worldwide. In the past season we have performed throughout the world, with performances in Bahrain, Karachi, Bangalore, Pakistan, South Korea, Myanmar, and of course, throughout Thailand. Recent local performances include engagements with the Austrian Embassy, the British Embassy, and the Goethe Institute, as well as musical events at the Hyatt, the Rembrandt, the Royal Cliff, the Sheraton, the Mandarin Oriental, and the Shangri-La Hotels. This past August also saw the company’s Gala Concert, “Mozart, Magic, and Musicals” at the Thailand Cultural Center.
Thailand Young Concert Artists
Thailand Young Concert Artists (TYCA) was founded by Stefan Sanchez, Artistic Director of European Chamber Opera Thailand, to provide training and mentoring to exceptional Thai opera singers who have the potential for international performing careers. By providing these singers with professional training and performance opportunities, TYCA not only prepares local young talent for the international stage, but also brings quality opera and art song performances to a wide public across not only Thailand and Southeast Asia, but throughout the world.
TYCA nurtures young singers through individualized teaching and mentoring. We currently have ten young Thai singers that are enrolled in the program and are receiving regular training. TYCA master courses provide individual tuition at an international level and are designed to improve dramatic and interpretative skills and refine each student’s existing talent. There is a strong emphasis in TYCA for the exploration of a wide range of repertoire, from Italian opera to Spanish art songs, from German lied to popular musical numbers. This encompassing method equips TYCA’s singers with versatility as they develop not only vocal technique and stamina, but also the appropriate stagecraft and acting skills for the various types of repertoire demanded of professional opera singers throughout the world.
Siam Society – October 15th
Operetta, and Gilbert and Sullivan concerts
August 30th, September 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
St Regis Hotel Bangkok –
Liederabend (Evening of Song) concert
Goethe Institute Bangkok – September 5th
Renaissance Hotel Bangkok – August 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
Grand Opera Gala on the Auspicious Occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 81st Birthday
Royal Cliff Hotel, Pattaya – August 12thEvening of Spanish Song and Zarzuela sponsored by the Spanish Embassy
The Grand Opera Thailand is a new nonprofit performing arts organization located in Bangkok, Thailand
and operating throughout Southeast Asia. We aim to provide approachable opera to the public and raise the level of opera appreciation in Thailand. In addition, we also provide a voice training program for young local singers to prepare them for an international career. Since our introduction in 2012, we have already produced more than 40 concerts and musical engagements to private and public audiences throughout Bangkok and Southeast Asia and have enjoyed unprecedented success through sell out performances of Opera and Musicals and Concert performances attracting intense media interest and acclaim.Grand Opera Thailand provides a platform for young Thai opera singers to perform to audiences in Thailand, nurturing their development to become professional opera singers with a successful international career. The singers who make up the company are young talented graduates of the best vocal faculties in Thailand and since graduating have undergone an intensive two year post graduate performance training program under the guidance of the Artistic Director, Stefan. This training richly develops voice and stage-craft technique in both opera and musical theatre enabling the singer the freedom to fully communicate and entertain!In Bangkok the company has performed Opera at Thailand Cultural Centre, as well as Concert Halls and Grand Hotel Ballrooms. The company is in constant demand and nearly always plays to 100% capacity houses. International tours have taken them to Mayanmar (first ever opera tour), Bahrain,Bangalore, South Korea and Karachi. They have worked in collaboration with British Council; (grant award 1.5 MB), The Spanish Embassy; a sell-out performance of Antologia de Zarzuela at Siam Society, Austrian Embassy; a programme of Strauss, Mozart and Schubert, British Embassy HM 85th Birthday Celebrations.