The Companion & Pygmalion

The Companion & Pygmalion

The Companion

Robert Paterson's provocative opera Three Way has been described as Puccini's "Il Trittico for the Tinder Generation". Three Way explores love and sex in our current times and in the future, with android lovers, BDSM, and polyamory often leading to funny and unexpected places. The powerhouse team of composer Robert Paterson and librettist David Cote delivered big laughs and even bigger emotion with their vignette opera, In Real Life, earlier this season. The Companion is the first act of Three Way's tumultuous and tantalizing tale, focusing on the pursuit of the perfect lover by any means necessary. But can love be built through an algorithm? 

"The composer and librettist explore a trio of carnal situations, often with surprisingly touching—and funny—results…" - Musical America 

The Companion takes place in the not-so-distant future. Maya (soprano) lives with her android lover named Joe (tenor), an interactive, programmable "companion" built to satisfy Maya's every need. Still, Maya wants more from Joe - a more complex and deeper connection. She enlists technician Dax (baritone) to come to her home to install new experimental software, with unexpected results.

An excellent comic opera that will appeal to audiences well steeped in opera, as well as those who are new to the experience..." - Opera News



Pygmalion is a lyric opera in one-act by famed bel canto composer, Gaetano Donizetti. Donizetti is best known for soaring musical dramas including Lucia di Lammermoor and Anna Bolena, and whimsical, comedic masterpieces like L'esire d'amore and Don Pasquale. During his storied career, Donizetti composed nearly 70 operas, but at age 19 at the Bologna Academy, he composed his very first one-act comedy: Il Pigmalione or Pygmalion. It is believed to have been composed in just six days, as the composer developed his "gift for spontaneous composition". Despite that remarkable feat, it was not debuted until 1960, more than a hundred years after Donizetti's death. 

Pygmalion is based on the Classical tale of the king and sculptor, Pygmalion (tenor), originally taken from the tenth book of the Metamorphoses by Ovid. As the sculptor bemoans the possibility that he may never find the ideal of feminine beauty in real life, he creates a sculpture himself. Pygmalion falls in love with his own creation, naming her Galathea (soprano), and prays to the goddess, Venus, to bring her to life. 


Performances of The Companion & Pygmalion will begin at Playhouse on the Square on March 12 and run for four performances. Tickets will go on sale in December. 

*Note for all patrons: Please be aware that masks will be required at all times within the venue. Thank you.*