A Day A Lily (2022)
a docu-opera about dementia

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Voices (3): SINGER, soprano. SON, tenor/baritone. CARER, mezzo/baritone.

Instrumentation (4): violin, viola, violoncello, piano 

(Piano-vocal version available)

Duration: 20'

Initiated by Dr Wong Su Sun, wanting to raise awareness of dementia due to her own elderly parent's condition, A Day A Lily - a docu-opera is a mini documentary on dementia weaved together with the journey of a fictional famed opera singer who begins to lose her mind while at the height of her career. From brushes with dementia-like symptoms, to heart wrenching moments of forgetting loved ones, Wong Su Sun and Jonathan Shin beautifully bring alive this tragic yet poignant story of the human mind. The film is a documentary-opera that interlaces excerpts from the opera with interviews from persons living with dementia, medical experts, social workers, carers, and the creatives.  

Dr. Wong Su Sun as SINGER (soprano)

Jonathan Shin as SON (pianist)

Brenda Koh, violin

Christoven Tan, viola

Leslie Tan, violoncello

Jonathan Shin, piano

Librettist, Producer: Jack Lin

Co-creator: Dr. Wong Su San

Dramaturg: Nora Samosir

Director: Lim Ziyu (The Floating Folks)

Screening at National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
on June 29, 5.45pm (sign up here) and 7:30pm (fully subscribed).

Straits Times, Life: https://www.straitstimes.com/life/night-at-the-opera-docu-opera-looks-at-living-with-dementia

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