Presented by L’arietta Productions
** Please wear comfortable shoes as the audience will be asked to move around during the performance**
L’arietta Productions, the Singapore based chamber opera company presents Singapore Trilogy, by National Arts Council Young Artist Award winner Dr. Chen Zhangyi. The three chamber operas pay homage to our national obsessions - kopi, food and shopping. Kopi for One, Laksa Cantata, and Window Shopping follows a woman as she reflects on her life as a daughter, wife, career woman, and the relationships she has between her father, fiancé and herself. The show features veteran singers Yee Ee-Ping, Akiko Otao, Jonathan Charles Tay and Felicia Teo, as well as the new generation of Singaporean singers, Ng Jingyun, Phoebe Chee, and Ng Samuel. Collaborating artist Alvin Mark Tan joins the team for a multi-sensory journey. L’arietta Production proudly premieres this local Trilogy with the kind support of the Arts House October 12th-14th, 2018.
Singapore Trilogy follows milestone moments in a regular Singaporean’s life. In Laksa Cantata, on the Bride’s big day, the groom wants to serve Laksa, but she doesn’t! Can they learn to compromises and start their new chapter as a married couple with or without Singapore’s favourite dish? In Window shopping, older woman and a young bright eyed girl explores the personal relationship one has with themselves and how each of us develops over time in a shoe shop. Is there such a thing as the perfect pair? The perfect life? And finally in the newly commissioned work Kopi for One, a familiar kopi aunty welcoming a woman who has returned after a long time away. The waitress encourages the father to tell his daughter how much he loves her. In a culture where love is shown with actions instead of with words, do we really say what we want to our closest ones? Can a cup of kopi save their relationship? Bring your loved ones, sip a cup of kopi and watch these stories unfold.
Dr. Chen Zhangyi, Composer: The music of Chen Zhangyi has been described by BBC Radio 3 as “music from a voice of the future.” His dramatic works such as Pursuant, Laksa Cantata, and Window Shopping explore the musical representation of local urbanism, vernacular language and culture. In his other works, nature is often a source of inspiration, such as Rain Tree, and 'of an ethereal symphony' commissioned by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for their 2016 Europe tour. NAC’s The Young Artist Award recipient, Zhangyi currently serves as Assistant Professor of Composition Studies at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
Jack Lin, Librettist: Throughout Jack's career he has been engaged as a violinist with orchestras around the world, as a music educator. and also as a freelance writer for music journals, and finally as a librettist. As a writer, Jack has published articles for music journals in the U.S., including Strings Magazine and the Conductor's Guild of America. Since residing in Singapore, he has collaborated with award-winning composer Chen Zhangyi on two chamber operas as librettist in Laksa Cantata (2013) and Window Shopping (2014).
Alvin Mark Tan, Visual Artist: Alvin Mark Tan is a traditional oil painter based in Singapore. He also illustrates in ink and watercolour. Trained in Graphic Design and Advertising in Los Angeles, Alvin started out as a graphic artist at MINDEF. Later, he branched out into advertising, environmental design and documentary-making at Singapore Press Holdings. He also has an Animation background, with a focus in concept art. After trekking 800km on the Camino de Santiago in 2012, Alvin made the decision to do art full time. He sold everything and self funded his studies in traditional oil painting. In 2016, He graduated from the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, where he studied Natural Realism under Maestro Michael John Angel for three years. Apart from commissioned art works he does ranging from still lifes to portraits to murals, Alvin also runs workshops in and out of Singapore. Alvin loves drawing directly from nature, and is often spotted outdoors doing plein air paintings or urban sketching. Alvin documents and makes Youtube videos of his art expeditions in and out of Singapore. His goal in being a full-time artist is to encourage others to live their lifes out passionately and to create a movement locally for realist oil painters. Alvin owns and manages Alvin Mark Studio.