"Before my son I stand, holding the knife used to kill my father"

Welcome to PURGATORY, an Immersive Operatic Experience.

Read Straits Times' Review here!

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Composer Gordon Crosse’s setting of the text by literary giant W.B. Yeats will have you trembling in your seats. Walk into an old Peranakan house and witness one family's tragedy guided by the spirits trapped between worlds. Is the house haunted? Is the family cursed? This Halloween, L'arietta Productions bring you a hair-raising unforgettable multidisciplinary experience.

Written in 1966 by British composer Gordon Crosse, the opera utilizes Yeats' original text in its entirety. Directed by theatre veteran Eleanor Tan, this production will depart from its original Irish setting to an old Peranakan household filled with matriarchs of the past. On the anniversary of the mother's wedding night, remorseful spirits of the Old Man's parents appear in the house where unspeakable horror unfolded when he was 16 years old. He brings his son to the ruined house and reveals the darkness that haunts this family; the drunken father, the mother who died giving birth, and the Old Man who stabbed his own father... Now the Boy is the same age as he was when the curse was set. What grim choices face this family? Will there be redemption for the dead and the living?

Purgatory will be Singapore’s first immersive experiential opera, where live painting, devised theatre, poetry, visual art, and opera will merge for an hour of macabre spectacle. This production is a proud in-conjunction event with the Singapore Writers Festival, celebrating SWF’s country focus: Ireland. More information at www.lariettasg.com

Don't forget to check out Deconstructing Yeats

Monday October 30th 8:00pm Educational Panel Discussion

Led by award winning poet Aaron Lee and the creative team, we will explore the process of bringing such intense piece of literary work to life. http://deconstructingyeats.peatix.com

Director: Eleanor Tan

Music Director: Aloysius Foong

Set Designer: Grace Lin

Set Consultant: Eucien Chia

Lighting Artist: Eugene Soh

Visual Artist: Namiko Chan

Boy: Peter Ong

Old man: Reuben Lai

Female Spirits: Ethel Yap, Ava Madon, Melissa Gan, Venytha Yoshiantini, Patricia Ginting, and Inch Chua


FRI 27 October: 8pm

SAT 28 October: 3:30pm & 8pm

SUN 29 October: 3:30pm

TUES 31 October: 8pm

FRI 3 November: 8pm

SAT 4 November: 3:30pm & 8pm

SUN 5 November: 3:30pm


Standard $40

Full-Time Student $34 (Must present valid ID at the door)


Theatre Practice Black Box

54 Waterloo Street

SG 187953


Incorporated in 2015, L’arietta Productions produce high quality bite-sized operas in English that are cozy, entertaining, and relevant. Collaborating with award winning visual artists such as Namiko Chan, Wan Xiang Lee, Young Artist Award recipient composer Chen Zhangyi, and award winning poet, Aaron Lee; Straits Times regards L’arietta’s approach “vital in conveying the message that modern opera could be unstuffy, accessible and even fun.” More at www.lariettasg.com

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Oct 27 - Nov 5, 2017
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Theatre Practice Black Box
Standard FRI 27 Oct 8PM SOLD OUT $40.00
Student FRI 27 Oct 8PM SOLD OUT $34.00
Standard SAT 28 Oct 3:30PM SOLD OUT $40.00
Student SAT 28 Oct 3:30PM SOLD OUT $34.00
Standard SAT 28 Oct 8PM SOLD OUT $40.00
Student SAT 28 Oct 8PM SOLD OUT $34.00
Standard SUN 29 Oct 3:30PM SOLD OUT $40.00
Student SUN 29 Oct 3:30PM SOLD OUT $34.00
Standard TUE 31 Oct 8PM SOLD OUT $40.00
Student TUE 31 Oct 8PM SOLD OUT $34.00
Standard FRI 3 Nov 8PM SOLD OUT $40.00
Student FRI 3 Nov 8PM SOLD OUT $34.00
Standard SAT 4 Nov 3:30PM SOLD OUT $40.00
Student SAT 4 Nov 3:30PM SOLD OUT $34.00
Standard SAT 4 Nov 8PM SOLD OUT $40.00
Student SAT 4 NOV 8PM SOLD OUT $34.00
Standard SUN 5 NOV 3:30PM SOLD OUT $40.00
Student SUN 5 NOV 3:30PM SOLD OUT $34.00
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54 Waterloo Street Singapore
L'arietta Singapore

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