Opera Memphis to Explore Control and Desire in Double-Bill Production

By Logan Martell

On March 12, 2022, Opera Memphis will return to return to Playhouse on the Square for a double-bill production of Donizetti’s “Pygmalion” alongside Robert Paterson and David Cote’s “The Companion.”

This pairing of works explores themes of desire, control, and perfection. While “Pygmalion” takes the audience to ancient Greece, “The Companion” visualizes a future where companion robots can be built to fulfill any purpose.

The cast of “Pygmalion” includes tenor Anthony Webb in the title role, alongside soprano Alyce Tarver Wells as Galatea. “The Companion” will feature soprano Keely Futterer and tenor Sergio F. Manujano as Maya and Joe, respectively; they will be joined by company favorite Marcus King in the role of the human repairman, Dax. Futterer and Manujan are two of Opera Memphis’ newest Handorf Company Artists, who will join the company for performances from February to May.

Additional performances will be held on March 13, 18, and 19, 2022. All patrons will be required to show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within three days of the performance, with masks being required at all times.