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Forum Series: Singaporean Trilogy: Chamber Operas of Food, Shopping, and Coffee

  • Steven Baxter Recital Studio 3 Conservatory Drive Singapore, 117485 Singapore (map)

In collaboration with librettist Jack Lin, we have created three chamber operas - Laksa Cantata (2012), Window Shopping (2014), and Coffee for One (2018). There is an overarching theme of consumption in the tangibles such as Laksa, shoes, and caffeine. These symbols merely set the stage to tell unique stories: pre-wedding couple dynamics in Laksa Cantata, self-reflection in Window Shopping, and delicate issues of the family in Coffee For One. Creating a range of emotional potential that can be experienced in these works is the motivation behind these works, and through that we seek to form a corpus of current works that resonates with Asian audiences and beyond. L'arietta Productions would present these chamber operas as a triple-bill this season.


The music of Chen Zhangyi has been described by BBC Radio 3 as “music from a voice of the future” and by Straits Times as “a breath of fresh air on our musical landscape.” He has collaborated with ensembles such as London Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Singapore National Youth Orchestra, Singapore Lyric Opera, and L'arietta. 

His dramatic works such as Laksa Cantata and Window Shopping seek to explore the musical representation of vernacular culture. Nature is often a source of inspiration in his orchestral works, such as Rain Tree, Vanda, and 'of an ethereal symphony' commissioned by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for their 2016 Europe tour. In 2014, he was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council (Singapore).

Zhangyi currently serves as Assistant Professor of Composition Studies and Contemporary Music performance at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, where he also leads the new music ensemble OpusNovus.


Ticketing Information
• Free admission.
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• Out of respect for other concert goers, no children under 6 years of age will be allowed admission.

Earlier Event: August 30
Concerto Competition - Grand Final
Later Event: September 10
Composition Seminar: Stephen Montague