New Vision Arts Festival 2004
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Checkpoint Theatre (Singapore)
A Modern Chamber Opera by Mark Chan Conceived and Directed by Casey Lim
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Music Director
Mark Chan
Digital Imagery Designer
Casey Lim
Judith Dodsworth
Xie Kun
Paul Hughes

If you withdraw yourself at the first encounter of the term "chamber opera",you are bound to miss some stunningly beautiful music this time.
Opiume, produced by Singapore's critically acclaimed Checkpoint Theatre, is a chamber opera with a 21st Century twist. It features an instantly accessible score and libretto, plus hi-tech digital art, videos and motion graphics that redefine theatre space.

Created by composer/librettist Mark Chan and director/digital video artist Casey Lim, the work takes the Opium War, the “first drug war” in history, as its backdrop. But this is no history lesson on morality. What really stands out here – kaleidoscopic visuals aside – is the alluringly romantic music.

With the focus on East-West fusion, the music calls to the emotions with its re-inventions of melodic and harmonic forms drawn from different cultures. Performers are also diverse but with a strong Asian presence: the T'ang Quartet from Singapore; Chinese instrumentalists and a percussionist from Hong Kong; and opera singers from Australia.

Free of Asian musical clichés, and any political/historical rhetoric, this cross-media masterpiece reinvigorates a Western art form to give a voice to new generations throughout the region.

Production Designer
Goh Boon Teck (Singapore)
Lighting Designer
Dorothy Png ( Singapore)
Costume Designer Mandy Tam
T'ang Quartet.Belinda Foo [Piano](Singapore)
Margie Tong [Percussion].Loo Sze-wang [Sheng]
Chu Siu-wai [Dizi / Xiao].
Law Hang-leung [Guan / Suona]
Seating Plan
5-6.11.2004 Fri-Sat 8 pm
Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium
$240 $160 $100
Programme duration is about 1 hour and 40 minutes without intermission.

In English with Chinese and English surtitles.

Post-performance Meet-the-artist Session on 5 November.
Opiume was premiered at the Singapore Arts Festival 2004

Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Singapore Arts Festival
Singapore Arts Festival 2004
Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Singapore Arts Festival