The Opiume Ensemble: Soprano: Judith Dodsworth / Tenor: Xie Kun / Baritone: Paul Hughes / T'ang Quartet: Ng Yu Ming, Ang Chek Meng, Lionel Tan, Leslie Tan / Sheng: Loo Sze Wang / Guan, Suona: Law Hang-Leong / Dizi, Xiao: Chiu Siu-Wai / Percussion: Margie Tong / Conductor, Piano, Music Director: Belinda Foo
Music & Libretto: Mark Chan
A Chamber Opera / Oratorio in 6 Parts:
Commissioned by the Singapore Arts Festival 2004 & the New Vision Festival Hong Kong 2004
The Production was Co-Created by Mark and Casey Lim.
Inspired by the events of the illicit opium trafficking that took place in China in the 19th Century, Opiume is a modern view of not only what took place but also a comment on how we live our lives now:
the difficulties of cross-cultural interaction, the power play, the dangers and seduction of drug use and also the harsh reality of economic trade and imbalance.