Double Bill 2021: Salieri's Prima la musica e poi le parole and Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor

Organised by: The Singapore Lyric Opera Limited
  • Date:
    3, 4, 5 Dec 2021
  • Time:
    3 Dec & 4 Dec: 8:00pm
    5 Dec: 5:00pm
  • Duration:
    90min with no intermission
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Theatre
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  • Language:
    Sung in Italian and German and Dialogue spoken in English with English and Chinese Surtitles.
  • Admission:
    $120, $88, $68, $48 and $28
    Tickets are available at all SISTIC agents
    SISTIC hotline: 6348-5555
    SISTIC website:
    SISTIC booking fee applies

    Ticket Discounts:
    20% for SLO Friends, OCBC Arts Platinum cardholders
    15% for all other OCBC credit cardholders.
    15% concession for students, full-time NSmen and Senior Citizens

    All relevant cards must be produced in order to enjoy the savings and are not valid with any other promotions / or discounts.
    No entry for infants in arms and children below 8 years old. Tickets are required for all patrons.

    Corporate / Group / School Bookings (available at SLO Office only):
    Enjoy 20% savings for a minimum purchase of 10 tickets.
    Please call 6344 0039 or email

  • Advisory:
    12 years old and above


Spoken in English and sung in its original language, be greatly entertained by our interpretation and funny insertions of the two operas!

What would you do if you had to write an opera in four days? In Salieri's Prima la musica e poi le parole ("First the music and then the words"), set in 1780s Vienna, the Maestro wants the Poet to set text to existing music he had already composed (hence the title), to the Poet's protest. However, the battle between Maestro and Poet is just the warm up. The two men then audition sopranos, Eleonora and Tonina who demonstrate dramatic prowess and versatility with their respective arias; to the audience of both men providing comedic effects along the way. Sparks fly when the two sopranos meet for the first time, each wanting to perform a newly composed aria...and they both want to go first.

In the modern adaptation of Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor "The Impresario", two sopranos (once again!) Madame Herz and Mademoiselle Silberklang, battle it out over high notes to be the prima donna of the Impresario's new opera company. The tenor Vogelsang (hmm tenor...) intervenes but would it make things better or worse?

Both works were initially performed at a competition held in 1786 at the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. It is the evergreen battle between the sopranos, between Mozart and Salieri, between period and modern productions, but this time, you decide who wins.

Director | Tang Xinxin
Conductor | Lien Boon Hua
with the SLO Chamber Orchestra

Double Bill 2021: Salieri's Prima la musica e poi le parole and Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor