Jonathan Harvey’s opera, Wagner Dream has its UK première in a semi-staged production directed by Orpha Phelan at the Barbican Hall on Sunday 29th January.  The cast includes Simon Bailey (Vairochana), Roderick Williams (Buddha), Andrew Staples (Ananda) and Claire Booth (Prakriti) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

For decades, Wagner pondered an opera on a Buddhist theme. Starting from the sketches he left behind, Harvey has built a rich operatic fantasy. It mingles 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 fulfilment.

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