A Day A Lily (2022)
a docu-opera about dementia
Voices (2): LILY/SINGER, soprano. SON/PIANIST, tenor (or baritone).
Instrumentation (4): violin, viola, violoncello, piano
(Piano-vocal version available)
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, as well as the creatives' process of making the opera.
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)
Tang Poem《酬梦得比萱草见赠》by Bai Juyi (白居易)
Screening at National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
on June 29, 5.45pm and 7:30pm
Straits Times, Life: https://www.straitstimes.com/life/night-at-the-opera-docu-opera-looks-at-living-with-dementia
联合早报 (张鹤杨): 歌剧纪录片关注失智症《萱草忘忧》将放映
The A Day A Lily team is working on developing the work for a live staged-version, as well as a more substantial docu-opera film.