2011 Season Role:
"Tamiri" in Mozart's
Il Re Pastore
"Ah! Je veux vivre"
Ah! I want to live in the dream
which intoxicates me yet today!
Sweet flame, I keep you in my soul
like a treasure!
The intoxication of youth
only lasts (Alas!) but a day.
Then comes the hour when one weeps,
The heart yields to love,
and happiness flies away
Ah! I want to live in the dream
which intoxicates me for a long time still!
Far from gloomy winter let me slumber,
And to breathe in the scent of the rose
before it sheds its petals.
Ah! Sweet flame, stay within my soul
like a sweet treasure for a long time yet!
About the Aria
This aria is from Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, and is sung by the character "Juliette." While others try to speak to Juliette about marriage, Juliette sings of the joys of youth before one must give one's heart away.
Soprano Sin Sim Tan is a native young singer of Malaysia who has actively performed in both Malaysia and Singapore. In 2004, Sin Sim earned her Bachelor of Performing Arts Music Degree from the University of Malaya where she studied with baritone Cha Seng Tiang. Sin Sim was the 3 time-winner of the Malaysia National Classical Singing Competition which she won the first time when she was 18. Soon after that, she moved to Singapore where she studied voice privately with tenor Lim Shieh Yih. After winning the first prize of the First Festa Canzone International Art Song Singing Competition in Singapore and 7th place (top- ten finalist) in The Mondial Chinese Vocalist Competition Concours Taipei in 2005, she went on to perform her fully- staged opera debut with the Singapore Lyric Opera where she sang the role of Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata (2008), as a guest soloist invited by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
In 2008, Sin Sim received a full scholarship sponsored by the Chang Ming Thien Foundation in Malaysia to further her studies overseas, where she had been admitted to the Boston Conservatory on a merit scholarship. In 2010, Sin Sim earned her Master’s of Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory under the tutelage of Dr. Marilyn Bulli. While there, Sin Sim had been to the semi- final rounds of Competizione Dell’ Opera held in Bremen, Germany in 2009. In the summer of 2009, Sin Sim participated in the OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program in Los Angeles.
Sin Sim is currently based in New York City where she is teaching and performing regularly. She is currently studying voice with Mr. Stephen Smith. In August 2010, Sin Sim won first place (Gold Award) in the 4th New Tang Dynasty Television International Chinese Vocal Competition held in New York City.
Sin Sim’s operatic appearances include: The Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflote (2007), La Traviata (2008) as Annina, Dido and Aeneas as The Second Hand Maiden (2008), Cendrillon as Spirit (2009), Serse as Romilda (2009), The Magic Flute as Pamina (2009), La Rondine as A Singer (2010), I Capuleti e I Montecchi as Giulietta (2010), The Ballad of Baby Doe as Friend 1 (2010), and Company as Martha (2010). Concert credits include Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Joseph Martin’s Season of Wonders, Brahms’ Lieberslieder Waltz and Soprano 1 chorus in Rossini’s Staabat Mater.
Sin Sim has recently joined the roster of the Amadeus Opera of Long Island and will have her debut with the opera company as Tamiri in Mozart’s Il Re Pastore in June, July and August of 2011.