Opera sings a new tune: Home-grown companies are re-inventing the art form

Home-grown companies are re-inventing the art form and making it relevant for audiences while staying financially viable

Zombie ushers at the door, an open bar and audiences dressed in their Halloween best.

It sounds like your average seasonal club party, but this is actually the scene of an opera production. L'Arietta Singapore's Operacalypse Now cannibalised the music from three operas for its own madcap scenario of a world on the eve of an apocalypse for this 2016 production staged at Aliwal Arts Centre.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2019, with the headline 'Opera sings a new tune'. Print Edition | Subscribe