This April, homegrown opera company L’arietta Productions is here to take audiences on a trip aboard the Fantasy Island Cruise! Directed by Richard Tan, with music directed by Aloysius Foong, the company is set to perform an operatic double bill of works at the Arts House Play Den, presenting Joseph Horowitz’s Gentleman’s Island and Gian Carlo Menotti’s chamber opera classic The Telephone.
In Gentleman’s Island, two well-bred gentlemen find themselves shipwrecked on a desert island – hilarity unfolds when their sense of manners prevents them from speaking to the other without being introduced by someone else first, with the chance of starvation and loneliness waiting on the horizon should they fail, in this sharp satire on the lengths we would go to to uphold our social graces, even if it threatens to kill us.
Meanwhile, in The Telephone, Ben and Lucy are trying to have a conversation; he is trying to pop the question, but somehow, the phone is constantly getting in the way. Written in 1948, The Telephone continues to hold its own in today’s modern age, as we struggle to communicate even now, revealing the distances between us in this supposedly interconnected time.
Be sure to dress up in your best Hawaiian shirt, and enjoy an evening of comedy and drama with local opera veterans Brent Allcock, Reuben Lai, Leslie Tay and Lilith Verhelst, and of course, a pina colada in hand for this musical getaway anyone would welcome into their life.
Fantasy Island Cruise plays from 26th to 28th April 2019 at the Arts House Play Den. Tickets available from Peatix