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Published on Jan 23, 2009
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