Titans of theatre 2014

Last year, arts lovers were dazzled by the Three Titans of Theatre, a series of plays by world-class directors. This year, there are no plans for a similar series. But there are certainly three fine and ambitious productions that deserve your attention. From Stan Lai and Ong Keng Sen to Glen Goei and Chay Yew, HELMI YUSOF names the worthy successors to the Titan series

Provocative opera on cloning Goya

Facing Goya

FRANCISCO Goya, one of the greatest painters of all time, is the figure around which the modern opera Facing Goya revolves. But the opera is not about the life and times of the artist, who died in 1828. Instead, it portrays attempts by scientists to use his skull for social engineering and ultimately create a clone of him, so that the world may enjoy new works of art.

Facing Goya is filled with provocative ideas about art, science and ethics. In many ways, it is as far from Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Verdi's La Traviata as you can get. But the men behind it - British composer Michael Nyman and Singapore director Ong Keng Sen - are not interested...

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