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Wagner Dream
Jonathan Harvey 1939

Opera in Nine Scenes
libretto by Jean-Claude Carrière

world premiere
28 April 2007
Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg

Assignment and coproduction by De Nederlandse Opera, Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembour, Holland Festival and IRCAM-Centre Pompidou Paris

Now that all of Wagners major operas have been performed by DNO, the time has come for an opera about Wagner himself. Jonathan Harvey depicts the last day of the maestros life, recalling Wagners ideas about writing an opera about Buddhism. At the moment of his own contact with the hereafter, a transcendental experience, he experiences the story of Prakriti and Ananda, a couple who find each other in their struggle for renunciation, as Wagner had wanted to describe in Die Sieger. Two worlds and two cultures meet; the Western and rational outlook that knowledge must be won through the experience of emotion and the Eastern concept that redemption can only be found by liberating oneself from suffering as well as from joy. The differences between the two worlds are expressed in great contrast through the spoken word, song, live music and electronic music.

musical direction
Martyn Brabbins
direction
Pierre Audi
sets/lighting
Jean Kalman
costumes
Robby Duiveman

Prakriti
Claire Booth
Ananda
Gordon Gietz
Vairochana
Matthew Best
Buddha
Dale Duesing
Mother
Rebecca de Pont Davies
Old Brahmin
Richard Angas
Wagner
Johan Leysen
Cosima
Catherine ten Bruggencate
Bracha van Doesburgh
Charles van Tassel
Jane Oakland
Vajrayogini
Basja Chanowski

orchestra
Ictus Ensemble
IRCAM computer music design
Gilbert Nouno
Interludes computer music design
Carl Faia, Gilbert Nouno

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