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World Premiere of Somtow's New Opera

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Took place 2 months ago
Sat 08 Jun 16:00 - 18:30

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This is the world premiere of my new opera, well, two of them actually: it's a double bill of two episodes of my series of 10 music dramas, DasJati: The Ten Lives of the Buddha which is being released over a ten-year period and is now close to completion.

Here's the official blurb:

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"After an almost two-year hiatus, Somtow Sucharitkul's epic DasJati - Ten Lives of the Buddha, called the "largest integrated work in the history of classical music" by London's Opera Now magazine is back with two installments, to be performed as a double bill. These world premiere productions are for two days only.

"The ten "great lives" are an iconic part of the Buddhist scriptures and each one tells the colorful story of a previous life of the Buddha. The stories are adventurous, sometimes humorous, sometimes romantic, and quite spectacular. Somtow is adapting all ten as a connected work that can one day be performed over the course of a week.

"Chandakumar is one of the shortest Jatakas, only about six pages in the original Pali. It tells the story of a king who believes he can attain heaven by sacrificing his four most beloved sons, wives, and four of the best of everything in the kingdom. The Incarnation of Buddha, as his eldest son Prince Chandakumar, calls down the King of Heaven to combat the fiery sacrifice planned by his father. Somtow has told this short jataka largely through the medium of dance.

"In Architect of Dreams the Bodhisattva is born as Mahosot, a clever boy genius who becomes a judge, saves his kingdom from an attack by Protected content armies, buildings a huge fantasy palace in a night, and manages to marry his king to a beautiful princess with the help of a resourceful parrot. Somtow sets this eventful tale largely in the medium of opera."

"An international cast including Damian Whiteley, Sassaya Chavalit, and Barbara Zion, and large-scale symphony orchestra highlight this production which is directed by the composer and conducted by Trisdee na Patalung.

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I've set the Saturday 4 pm matinee as the "event" because the Friday opening night conflicts with another Culture Group event, but you are of course free to come to either.

I will set aside complimentary tickets for anyone who signs up for this event. Feel free to donate what you wish to the production. I'll give the names of attendees who sign up to the ticket desk. You can bring friends (just let us know and tell them to register on InterNations and sign up for the activity first) or kids (not too young, say Protected content it's a matinee. If your name is missing the list, Protected content

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