Patron

Mrs Goh Chok Tong

Mrs Goh-Tan Choo Leng is the wife of Goh Chok Tong, who was the second Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore from November 26, 1990 to August 12, 2004 and Senior Minister. She completed her LLB from the University of Singapore, and is currently an Advocate and Solicitor for M/s Wong Partnership. She has also given her support to many charities, notably being a former patron of NKF of Singapore. She has given her support to many charities, and is now best known for being a distinguished patron of the New Opera Singapore

She has over 30 years of experience in property and real estate and a member of the Law Society and the Singapore Law Academy. She is also fluent in Mandarin and Hokkien.

CHAIRMANOF THE BOARD

Mrs Tan Sook Yee

TAN SOOK YEE PRIZE FOR TOP STUDENT IN PROPERTY LAW

Tan Sook Yee, educated in Seremban, Dublin and London , a lawyer by profession, taught law from 1964 at the Faculty of Law of the University of Singapore later National University of Singapore , till she retired in 2005. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1980 to 1987. Her public service includes being a member of the Singapore Law Reform Commission, Tenants Compensation Board, Maintenance of Parents Tribunal, and the Strata Titles Board. She was also the President of the Singapore Girl Guides Association from 1969-72. She has been a Director of the Board of New Opera Singapore since its inception. In 2008 she was awarded the Public Service Medal.

BOARD OF DIRECTOR

Mr Michael Tay

Founder/Director of Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise. The Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise was established as a non-profit organisation to form a structure for my longstanding work in the arts. One of its first projects, in partnership with Sing Jazz, is to advocate and fund the participation of our top local musicians in international jazz festivals ­­- an important step to building up their credentials. A longer term project is the establishment of the Hermitage Museum in Singapore, an initiative that would have a transformative impact on Singapore's status as a regional arts hub.

Mr Tay is also the founder of Sing Jazz (Singapore International Jazz Festival) is the first annual international jazz festival in Singapore. Not just a festival, a key impulse behind Sing Jazz is a social mission to promote the jazz scene in Singapore. The purpose is to nurture and develop our local jazz scene and build up a jazz ecosystem that is critical to make Singapore a hub for international/regional jazz. Over time, the innovative spirit that propels jazz will help engender a more creative society.

Prior to his many accomplishments, Mr Tay was also the Director of Michael Consultancy, Founding Executive Director of Centre for Emerging Markets, Executive Director for Russia-Singapore Business Forum from 2006 to 2013 and was likewise the Executive Director of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as well as Ambassador in Singapore Embassy in Moscow, Russian Federation from 2003 to 2008.

BOARD OF DIRECTOR

Ms Felicia Fu

Ms Felicia Fu has deep interest in promoting performing arts.
It is within her great regard in this area that she commits herself in direct participation to support talents.
It is likewise her ambition to see our performing arts flourish in Singapore.
Ms Fu is indeed, truly considered as one of our most dedicated member of the Board of Directors and we are sincerely greatful for her pillar of encouragement and heartfelt support.

Fundraising Committee

Ms Klara Chan

Klara Chan is a senior banker of J.P. Morgan. She is responsible for delivering wealth management, wealth transfer, credit and philanthropic services to the firm’s ultra-high-net-worth clients. A long term resident of Singapore, Klara spent her formative years in Hong Kong and the UK both where she worked in the institutional fronts of the financial industry. She is an active hobbyist in the Arts with interests spanning from opera to contemporary arts to literature and has pursued a formal certificate of Contemporary Art Appraisal from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

BOARD OF DIRECTOR

PROF LYE LIN-HENG

Lye Lin-Heng is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Director of its Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL). She chairs the Program Management Committee for the multi-disciplinary NUS M.Sc. (Env Mgt) [MEM] Programme hosted by the School of Design & Environment.

Educated in Singapore, London and Harvard, she is former Vice-Dean of the NUS Law School, former Vice-Chair of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and a current member of the Academy's Board of Governors. She is Visiting Associate Professor at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She was Honorary Legal Advisor to the Nature Society Singapore for many years and is now a member of the Board of Directors for WWF Singapore.

She is a member of the Strata Titles Board, and a former Board Member of the Housing and Development Board (HDB), Singapore and the Tenants' Compensation Board. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2016.

BOARD OF DIRECTOR

Mr TARUN KATARIA

Mr Tarun Kataria has been a career investment banking and capital markets professional in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bombay. Mr Kataria is currently Executive Advisor to Graymatics SG Pte Ltd, an artificial intelligence company. Mr Kataria is also a Non-Executive Director of Mapletree Logistics Trust Limited and HSBC Bank (Singapore) Ltd and Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is also on the board of a number of Indian listed companies.

Mr Kataria held various senior positions within HSBC Group which included the roles of Managing Director and Head of Global Banking and Markets, HSBC India, Vice-Chairman of HSBC Securities and Capital Markets India Pvt. Limited, Non-Executive Director of HSBC InvestDirect Limited and Managing Director, Head of Institutional Sales, Asia Pacific, HSBC Global Markets.

Mr Kataria holds a MBA (Finance) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Chartered Accountant. Mr Kataria has long been a supporter of the performing arts. His charitable giving is directed at girl children.

Board of Director

Mr Chan Wei Shing

Wei-Shing participated in many European festivals and concerts, also participated in masterclasses conducted by renowned cellists including, William Pleeth, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Wolfgang Bottcher,Valentin Erban, Phillipe Müller, and, Ivan Montigetti.
Since returning to Singapore Wei-Shing has continued to perform regularly, being involved in many chamber concerts including a trio performance with pianist Pascal Roger during the Singapore Arts Festival with the Singapore Dance Theatre and CD recordings of Works by Tsao Chieh, Poon Yew Tien and String Quartets by Tan Chan Boon.
He maintains a busy schedule as Music Director of New Opera Singapore, staging fresh takes on traditional works since 2011, past productions include DieFledermaus, Dido and Aeneas, L’elisir d’amour and Britten's Turn of the Screw
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Wei-Shing, together with fellow musicians from the Singapore Symphony orchestra and pianist Lim Yan have presented the "Take-5" series of concerts which celebrates its tenth season in 2016.

Public Relations
Manager

MS GAN LEE SUAN

Former Lead Teacher (Economics), Ministry of Education
Bachelor of Arts (Economics & Sociology), University of Singapore
Post-graduate Diploma In Education, Institute of Education
Master In Communication Management, University of South Australia

CEO and
Artistic Director

Ms Ae Ree Jeong

Soprano Jeong Ae-Ree has enjoyed considerable success as a performer and singing teacher since arriving Singapore in 1997. Upon obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree and then Master’s Degree in Music Performance, she furthered her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.
Well known as a recitalist and orchestra soloist, her performances have been critically acclaimed by The Straits Times, which described her as a “dynamo…with an intimacy and flexibility of tone, coupled with loads of personality”. Her vast repertoire covers a very wide period from the Renaissance to the present day and past recitals include “Sweeter than Roses”, “Kaddish”, “Cruel Amour” and “Birds of Paradise” amongst others. Solo appearances with orchestras such as Familiar Favourites with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with the Orchestra of Music Makers.
Ae Ree has also been very successful teacher. Her students’ numerous achievements include first prize at international music competitions, with many of them furthering their voice studies at prestigious international music schools namely the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal college of Music (London), The Manhattan School of Music (New York) and the Oberlin College of Music. She was also a member of the voice faculty of School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA) from 2007 to 2014.
Ae Ree is currently the artistic director of New Opera Singapore, a company she founded in 2011 to create a platform for local singers to showcase their talents in professional productions, and also to make opera accessible to the community. To date she has produced the company’s highly successful productions of L’elisir d’amore, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Die Fledermaus, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw as well as the Opera Comique series.

ARTS MANAGER

Ms Rhezell Earl

With over 12 years in the Judiciary field, Rhezell moved to Singapore and explored other areas and avenues of duty, including--but not limited to: Retail, F&B, Office and Property related work.

Now a Permanent Resident, she found her way to arts and music industry under the welcoming opportunity and careful guidance of New Opera Singapore’s Founder, Ms Jeong Ae Ree.

She now tides an interesting “much-to-learn” but certainly “fulfilling” scope of responsibilities. It has truly become one of her accomplishments and joy in liaising with relevant artistes and arts group as well as assisting her CEO & Artistic Director to ensure smooth planning, conceptualising and execution of feasible productions.