Trilby, Itinerary of a New Woman


The Belle Époque. Poetry, music and visual arts flourish in the cabarets, salons and theaters. We follow the journey of a poor young woman who has to work as a laundress and a prostitute. She finds comfort in Parisian Bohemia and like many grisettes Trilby poses for painters and sculptors. Little Billee the most talented and benignant of them falls desperately in love but she rejects him…

She could have been an actress and a singer: alas she doesn’t sing in tune. A mysterious and sinister musician named Svengali believes she can be a diva. One night wandering in the streets like a waif, she has to struggle with her deep pain and anger that she has been hiding from her friends and lover and, helpless after a tragedy, she finds refuge and disappear with the only one who can cure her.

This project is a tribute to artistic and cultural forms that are on the verge of disappearing. New expressions and formats have taken over in the contemporary world, but within the cabaret, the café-theatre, the salon, and the theatre itself, the fanzines appear as obsolete forms that are waiting to germinate again. The abundance of distractions from the immaterial world shouldn’t keep us away from them. We blow on the embers to rekindle the fire of the performing arts.

This show has been prepared in the strict observance of the safe distancing rules measures imposed by the government advisory. The performance will be available on Cantio’s website and its YouTube channel. We have also planned to edit it as a radio drama.

Cantio Presents

Trilby, Itinerary of a New Woman

29 – 31 January, 2021

7.30pm – 9.30pm SGT

Aliwal Arts Center, Singapore

28 Aliwal St, Singapour 199918


Tatiana Konovalova as Trilby

Jonathan Tay as Little Billee

Mun Wye Chng as Svengali



Léo Delibes, Lakmé Tu m’as donné le plus doux rêve

Kurt Weill, The Threepenny Opera – Pirate Jenny

Georges Bizet, Carmen – L’amour est un oiseau rebelle

Charles Gounod, Roméo et Juliette Je veux vivre

Giuseppe Verdi, Macbeth – Vieni t’affretta

Igor Stravinsky, Rake’s Progress – I Go, I Go to Him


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