SAF 2005 - Singapore Chinese Orchestra


Singapore Arts Festival 2005


~ The Season of Brilliance ~


26 May – 26 June




Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Zheng He – Admiral of the Seven Seas



  :  17 & 18 June, 7:30pm


  :  Esplanade Concert Hall


  :  $52, $42, $32, $21, $16


  : 100 minutes (with intermission)


Talk on 18 June, 6:15pm - 7pm, Library @ Esplanade.  Free Admission.


“…the Singapore Chinese Orchestra pulled it off in a well-executed performance that spoke volumes of the vision, talent and professionalism behind it.” - Business Times, Singapore


Marking the 600th anniversary of the great navigator Zheng He’s voyages of discovery and diplomacy across the globe, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra presents a special music extravaganza celebrating the explorations of the world-renown navigator. The epic production combines music by the Orchestra, a choir, solo vocalists, dance, narration and impressive stage design by leading professionals and performances groups in the region.


Lending grandeur and interest to the majestic score by composer Law Wai Lun, who also writes the libretto with scriptwriter and stage director Yue Mei Qin, are chorus master Nelson Kwei, choreographers Osman Abdul Hamid and Ong Choon Mui.  Against a set designed by Lu Ping that fittingly depicts China’s former naval grandeur, the orchestra is accompanied by leading vocalists – the world-class Chinese tenor, Fan Jin Ma, one of Singapore’s leading sopranos, Nancy Yuen, and accomplished bass singer, Liu Yue Ming – and chorus by the China National Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Victoria Junior College Choir.  One of China’s foremost actors, Lou Ji Cheng, who has also won the Chinese Drama Golden Lion Award for Best Acting and Shanghai Performing Arts Award for Best Acting, takes on dual roles as stage director and narrator.  Together with dances provided by the PA Malay Dance Group and Tampines Arts Troupe, the production promises to vividly revive a priceless period in history of international relations.


The voyage of Zheng He will be told in six movements.  It begins with the sombre burial ceremony of the admiral at sea, before going back to the lively childhood moments of Zheng He, his expedition encounters and culminating with the grand wedding union of the Melaka Sultan Mansor Shah with the Chinese Princess Han Li Bao.


Maestro Tsung Yeh of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra will also hold a talk with composer Law Wai Lun and scriptwriter Yue Meiqin about the production of the epic on 18 June, 6:15pm – 7 pm at the Library @ Esplanade.  The talk will be conducted mainly in Mandarin with some English interpretation.  The event is free and open to the public.


Please refer to the attached annexes for more information:


  • Production Synopsis 
  • Biographies of key production members & performers
  • Background on Singapore Chinese Orchestra
  • Background of supporting groups  
  • List of production crew