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Period:26 Jun 2016 - 26 Jun 2016

Address:14, Ratchadaphisek Rd., Huai Khwang, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310 Thailand

Service day:Sunday, Service hours: 14:00-20:00

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To celebrate HM the King’s 70th regal year, Opera Siam will present Nemiraj - Scenes from Ten Lives Of The Buddha at the main hall of Thailand Cultural Centre, Ratchadaphisek Road, on June 26 at 2pm and 8pm.

Held in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Promotion and ThaiBev, the production will feature scenes from the first five music dramas of the DasJati - Ten Lives Of The Buddha being composed by Somtow Sucharitkul, Thailand’s premier classical composer and one of the world’s few successful living opera composers.

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Operatic epic full of life

To celebrate HM the King’s 70th regal year, Opera Siam will present Nemiraj - Scenes from Ten Lives Of The Buddha at the main hall of Thailand Cultural Centre, Ratchadaphisek Road, on June 26 at 2pm and 8pm.

Held in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Promotion and ThaiBev, the production will feature scenes from the first five music dramas of the DasJati - Ten Lives Of The Buddha being composed by Somtow Sucharitkul, Thailand’s premier classical composer and one of the world’s few successful living opera composers.

The DasJati Cycle will be comprised of 10 ballet-operas about the 10 lives of the Buddha which, when completed in 2020, will be the largest single-author-created work in the history of performance art, challenging the previous holder of this title, the iconic four-opera Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner, a central work of European culture.

The epic cycle is being created as a lasting gift by Somtow to his country and to the Chakri Dynasty. The intention is to realign the opera world and permanently establish Thailand as an epicentre for the arts.

The composer is now halfway into the creation of the 10-opera cycle, whose first five episodes include The Silent Prince, Mahajanaka, Bhuridatta, Suwanna Sama - The Faithful Son and Nemiraj - The Chariot Of Heaven.

The upcoming production will include excerpts from the as-yet-unseen fifth work, Nemiraj - The Chariot Of Heaven, which will premiere this December. Among the highlighted scenes will be “the Buddha preaching in the Tavatimsa Heaven”, in which all 33 of the Vedic Gods will appear in a massive ensemble number — the largest in the history of opera.

Somtow has assembled an astonishing cast from the cream of the music world to represent the 33 Gods — from top opera singers like the Chicago Opera’s Stacey Tappan and the Zurich Opera’s Damian Whiteley, to internationally known Thai opera singers like Nadlada Thamtanakom and Zion Daoratanahong, to celebrity singers like the monarch’s granddaughter Khun Ploypailin Jensen, pop star Pod Moderndog, Thailand’s Got Talent winner Myra Molloy, luk thung star Jonas Anderson and jazz sensation Athalie De Koning.

The performance will feature the Siam Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Trisdee na Patalung.

There is no admission fee but donations are welcome. Donors of 1,000 baht will receive priority VIP seating.

For reservations, visit www.goo.gl/JiIkBO.

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14, Ratchadaphisek Rd., Huai Khwang, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310 Thailand

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