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Wagner Dream is described by Jonathan Harvey as "a fantasy, based on fact but following it way beyond what is known." Set on the morning of Wagner's death (in Venice), he continues work on an essay but, just at the point at which he begins to consider the implications of his 28-year-old project to write an opera on a Buddhist subject, he suffers a heart attack. Starting from the sketches Wagner left behind, Harvey and librettist Jean-Claude Carriere have built a rich operatic fantasy mingling scenes from Wagner's domestic life with the myth of Prakriti, whose love for the Buddhist monk Ananda is at first thwarted, but finally reaches a chaste fulfillment. At the heart of Wagner Dream is the clash of two cultures, expressed by a speaking level for Wagner in Venice and a singing level for Wagner's unrealised opera ?Die Sieger' in Buddha's India.

Music Jonathan Harvey. Lyrics Jean-Claude Carriere.

Archive listings for Wagner Dream

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Sung in English with surtitles in English and Welsh. Running time: approx 1hr 50mins (inclu. one interval)Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Nicholas Collon. Director Pierre Audi. Performer Claire Booth (Prakiti). Performer Dale Duesing (Buddha). Performer Rebecca de Pont Davies (Mother). Performer Richard Angas (Old Brahmin).
12 Jun 13Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L1002486788
6 Jun 13 to 7 Jun 13Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L461827121


Semi staged productionProducer Barbican. Producer BBC Symphony Orchestra. Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Martyn Brabbins. Director Orpha Phelan. Design Charlie Cridlan. Design Gilbert Nouno (IRCAM computer music designer). Performer Claire Booth (Prakiti). Performer Richard Angas (Old Brahmin). Performer Roderick Williams (Buddha). Performer Nicholas Le Provost (Richard Wagner). Performer Ruth Lass (Cosima Wagner). Performer Julia Innocenti (Carrie Pringle). Performer Richard Jackson (Dr Keppler). Performer Sally Brooks (Betty Vajrayogni).
29 Jan 12Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
listing details L0625137227

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