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What’s on stage in Singapore February 2013? Check out these international acts coming our way

 

Gutsy Girls

The annual Mosaic Music Festival has attracted two very accomplished musicians – Joss Stone and Esperanza Spalding.

Free-spirited, Grammy Award-winning Joss Stone hit the global music stage at the age of 15 and has collaborated with the likes of James Brown, Blondie, Melissa Etheridge and Mick Jagger. Her 2003 debut album The Soul Sessions was backed up by the 2004 release of Mind Body & Soul. Her third album, Introducing Joss Stone, is the highest-ranking debut ever for a female British solo artist on America’s Billboard charts, while the 2012 release of The Soul Sessions: Volume 2 showcases her maturing vocal power.

Esperanza Spalding made music history in 2011 when she, a little-known jazz musician, defeated the renowned Justin Bieber to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. The self-taught violinist progressed to concertmaster by the age of 15, and many describe her skills on the bass as “dangerous”. On stage she is an explosive force, captivating audiences with her eclectic style of jazz, soul, funk and big band music, whether performing solo or with her 11-piece band, Radio Music Society.

Both performances will be at The Esplanade Concert Hall, starting at 7.30pm on 8 and 13 March respectively. Tickets start at $40.

 

Me & Ms Jones

Singer-songwriter and nine-time Grammy winner Norah Jones is returning to our shores later this month. It’s been a decade since the release of her debut album, Come Away with Me, which gained Diamond status for selling more than 20 million copies at a time when pop music reigned.

She’s since released four other albums, including her most recent, Little Broken Hearts, which is a departure from her usually moody tunes. With 40 million albums sold worldwide, she’s one of the best-selling artists of her time. Don’t miss the enigmatic Ms Jones, supported by country roots rocker Cory Chisel at the Star Performing Arts Centre, Buona Vista on 27 February. Tickets from $95.

 

Easter Blessings

Irish trio The Script will perform on Good Friday for their Singapore fans. Their concert follows the late 2012 release of their third album in four years, #3. The album’s first single, Hall of Fame, is still one of the most-played radio tunes and features Black Eyed Peas frontman, will.i.am.

Their first self-titled album, The Script spent eight weeks in the top ten in 2008 and was the twelfth-best-selling album in the UK. The band has since sold more than four million albums and nine million singles, and has performed as the opening act for both U2 and Paul McCartney.

Don’t miss The Script on 29 March at Singapore’s Indoor Stadium. Tickets from $98.

 

Unrequited Love

The Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO) commemorates the 88th anniversary of Puccini’s passing with a production of Madama Butterfly – a Western operatic masterpiece infused with Asian themes, characters and melodies, and arguably Puccini’s most original work.

Naïve Cio-CioSan, otherwise known as Butterfly, falls in love with Pinkerton, a United States Navy Lieutenant. After secretly renouncing her own religion, she marries Pinkerton, believing their love to be pure and eternal; he has a more flippant view of their nuptials.

Pinkerton returns to America and leaves Butterfly in Japan, desperately awaiting his return. Three years pass and she is visited by Sharpless, an American Consul. He has come to deliver a letter from Pinkerton, and Butterfly believes his visit marks the return of her wayward husband. Unable to bring himself to finish reading the letter to her, Sharpless asks: “Butterfly, what would you do if he never returned?”

The Esplanade Theatre will host nightly performances on 1, 2, 4 and 5 February, commencing at 8pm with a 20-minute intermission. Tickets start at $22.

 

Tickets for all these performances are available through Sistic. 6348 5555 | sistic.com.sg

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