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Preview: Telephones by New Opera Singapore

This August, New Opera Singapore puts the telephone at the forefront with not one but two shows about the incredible communication device in a single double bill, each one examining our obsession with devices and a reminder for us to be present in the moments that matter.

Playing at the Victoria Theatre from 19th to 21st August, the double bill includes Gian Carlo Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’, a romantic comic opera written in New York in 1947. Also known as L’Amour à trois, the opera revolves around Lucy and Ben, a couple whose love affair is repeatedly thwarted by a telephone. The comedic one-act opera follows Ben’s attempt to propose to Lucy who is obsessed with her telephone. The opera can be interpreted as a a witty commentary on our obsession with our mobile phones, reminding us to be present in the moments that matter. Lucy will be played by Moira Loh or Lara Tan, while Ben will be played by Min Seong Kang or Keane Ong.

New Opera Singapore will also be presenting Francis Poulenc’s beloved La voix humaine (The Human Voice). Subtitled “a musical confession”, La voix Humaine is an operatic monologue about a woman (Elle) who phones her former lover for the last time, the day before he marries another woman. In this final conversation, she attempts to win him back by going from tenderness to passion in a one-act opera for soprano and orchestra. In this production, Elle will be played by Victoria Songwei Lee.

Telephones plays from 19th to 21st August 2022 at Victoria Theatre. Tickets available from SISTIC

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