PURGATORY coming this Halloween
Asian premiere of PURGATORY, an Immersive Operatic Experience coming to you this Halloween. Composer Gordon Crosse’s setting of the text by literary giant W.B. Yeats will have you trembling in your seats. Walk into an old Peranakan house and witness one family's tragedy guided by the spirits trapped between worlds. Is the house haunted? Is the family cursed? L'arietta Productions bring you a hair-raising unforgettable multidisciplinary experience October 27th-November 5th at the Theatre Practice Black Box Theatre.
Written in 1966 by British composer Gordon Crosse, the opera utilizes Yeats' original text in its entirety. Directed by theatre veteran Eleanor Tan, this production will depart from its original Irish setting to an old Peranakan household filled with matriarchs of the past. On the anniversary of the mother's wedding night, remorseful spirits of the Old Man's parents appear in the house where unspeakable horror unfolded when he was 16 years old. He brings his son to the ruined house and reveals the darkness that haunts this family; the drunken father, the mother who died giving birth, and the Old Man who stabbed his own father... Now the Boy is the same age as he was when the curse was set. What grim choices face this family? Will there be redemption for the dead and the living?
Purgatory will be Singapore’s first immersive experiential opera, where poetry, live painting, visual art, devised theatre, and opera will merge for an hour of macabre spectacle. This production is a proud in-conjunction event with the Singapore Writers Festival, celebrating SWF’s country focus: Ireland.
What: Purgatory by Gordon Crosse
When: October 27-November 5
Where: Theatre Practice Black Box Theatre (54 Waterloo Street)
Director: Eleanor Tan
Music Director: Aloysius Foong
Portrait Artist: Namiko Chan
Set Designer: Chia Yu Hsien & Grace Lin
Lighting Artist: Eugene Soh
Boy: Peter Ong
Old man: Reuben Lai
Female Spirits: Ava Madon, Melissa Gan, Venytha Yoshiantini, Ethel Yap, Patricia Ginting, and Inch Chua
THANK YOU FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEASON!
The entire team at L'arietta would like to thank our composers, artists, musicians, crew, and most importantly to our audience for a wonderful season of comedy! This was our first full season, and we had a blast introducing 5 operas that had never been done in Singapore, and to bring a Singapore-made opera to a wider audience.
We promised to bring you small operas with big drama, and this past year, we hope that opera became a little bit more accessible, fun, and relevant. Keep your eyes open for a dramatically different season in 2017-2018, as we depart from comedy, and we dive deep down into drama!