Grand Opera Thailand, set up in 2011, provides a platform for young Thai opera singers to perform to audiences in Thailand and the region, and later launch them into international opera careers. 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 programme 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 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 programme 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!
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, and, closer to home, they have performed at a vareity of venues, including the Thailand Cultural Centre (TCC), Grand Hotel Ballrooms, the British Embassy for HM Queen Elizabeth II's 85th birthday celebration, the Spanish Embassy, the Austrian Embassy, and a sell-out performance of Antologia de Zarzuela at Siam Society.
Echo is a dynamic young company whose unashamed policy is to seek out the most talented young performers, singers and musicians, directors and designers, many of whom are on the threshold of major careers, and provide them with support and opportunities early on to prepare them for the great international opera houses.
Echo prides itself on the diversity of its repertoire, its quality of performance and its commitment to inspiration and innovation.
Echo productions are sought after by major theatres, historic venues and educational institutions the length and breadth of Britain, throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Echo audiences range from opera buffs to the newly converted and we aim to prove that opera can and does reach everybody.
Echo Opera dedicates itself to the traditional opera repertoire, the masterpieces we all know and love, but always approaching them with fresh vision and panache. We have an unrivalled reputation of performing excellence.
Thailand Young Concert Artists
Thailand Young Concert Artists (TYCA) was founded by Stefan Sanchez, Artistic Director of Grand 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 individualised teaching and mentoring. We currently have ten young Thai singers enrolled in the programme and 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.