From the desk of Mr. David Pountney:
On Thursday 6 June 2013 Welsh National Opera will present the fully-staged British premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. This will also be the first time the 2,000 year-old language of Pali, which would have been spoken by the Buddha, will be used in an opera. The language is being kept alive by Professor Richard Gombrich of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies who worked on this translation for WNO.
COMMANDOpera is unavailable to attend this work, however notes it represents perhaps one of the finer offerings this year where Maestro Wagner is concerned. One listens to these works often enough, however it would be illuminating to more clearly appreciate the influences on the composer himself, which is where Wagner Dream takes the audience. At least where his interest in Buddhism is concerned.