“Before my son I stand, holding the knife used to kill my father”
Ever imagined a Yeats’ writing adapted for opera? This October, sit tight and get ready for a bone-chilling immersive operatic experience from L’arietta Productions as they bring you Purgatory, produced as an in-conjunction event with the Singapore Writers Festival as they celebrate Ireland together.
Written in 1966 by British composer Gordon Crosse, the opera utilizes Yeats’ original playtext in its entirety, but set to a stirring, creeping score. A classic tale of haunted houses and disturbed ghosts of the past, Purgatory follows an Old Man on the anniversary of his mother’s wedding night, as remorseful spirits of his parents appear in the house where unspeakable horror unfolded when he was 16 years old. Now, he and his son must face the skeletons in his family’s closet, and come face to face with the grim curses that continue to haunt them.
Slated as Singapore’s first immersive experiential opera, L’arietta’s production will put a localized twist on the classic Irish setting and moves the action to an old Peranakan household instead, and feature an all-encompassing experience that will include live painting, devised theatre, poetry, visual art, and of course, opera. Purgatory will be directed by Eleanor Tan, its music directed by Aloysius Foong, and will star Reuben Lai as the old man, Peter Ong as the boy, and a stellar cast of female spirits consisting of Ethel Yap, Ava Madon, Melissa Gan, Venytha Yoshiantini, Patricia Ginting, and Inch Chua.Come catch this macabre multimedia spectacle as L’arietta presents a truly hair-raising show and adds a little musical horror to your Halloween celebrations.
Purgatory plays at The Theatre Practice Black Box from 27th October – 5th November. Tickets available from Peatix
When: 27th Oct – 5th Nov, 8pm
Where: The Theatre Practice Black Box