Harvey. Hoy 22 de mayo de 1813 nace Wagner. La ópera de Harvey "Wagner Dream" basada en la propuesta de ópera budista de Wagner "Los Vencedores", estrenada el 11 de Abril de 2007.

Jonathan Harvey nació el 3 de Mayo de 1939 y murió el 4 de Diciembre de 2012. El 14 de Mayo de 563 a.C (aproximadamente) nace Buda. Wagner nació el 22 de mayo de 1813 y murió el 13 de febrero de 1883.

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22/05/2015
de 08:20 a 08:20

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Wagner Dream is an opera by Jonathan Harvey, premiered in 2007, to a libretto by Jean-Claude Carrière, which intertwines events on the last day of the life of Richard Wagner with elements from a fragmentary opera sketch by Wagner himself, Die Sieger (The Victors).

Die Sieger was drafted between 1856 and 1858, at a period when Wagner had become greatly interested in Buddhism. It is based on legends which Wagner discovered in Eugène Burnouf's 1844 Introduction to the History of Buddhism. The story tells of the love of the outcast chandala Prakriti for the monk Ananda. Although both are ostracised by the other monks, Buddha permits their chaste union, and allows Prakriti to join the monastic community. Although Wagner planned a production of this work for 1870 in his programme for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, he never progressed it – (however elements of the story persist in his opera Parsifal).

Harvey's opera intersperses the Prakriti/Ananda story with the events surrounding Wagner's death in Venice. As Wagner dies from a heart attack, he recalls the opera he never completed. Whilst the "Indian" roles are all sung, the members of the Wagner household, including his wife Cosima and the soprano Carrie Pringle (with whom it has been alleged that Wagner had his last love affair) are spoken roles.

The opera was premiered at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg the 11th April 2007, prior to a run at the Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, in a production by Pierre Audi for De Nederlandse Opera which commissioned the work. Its British premiere took place at the Barbican Centre as a concert performance in London on 29 January 2012. The first British staged performance was given on 6 June 2013 in the Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff by Welsh National Opera, directed by Pierre Audi.

The score uses electronic music as well as an ensemble of 24 musicians.The composer has described some of the processes he used in creating the work, which include the use of a French horn and a sampled trombone playing deep notes at the opera's commencement, representing boat sirens on the Grand Canal. The composer also visited Chamonix to sample a thunderclap, used to preface an argument between Wagner and his wife.

In the 2013 WNO production, German was used for the spoken text and the Buddhist characters sung in Pali. In a programme note, WNO's artistic director, David Pountney, states that this change was discussed with Jonathan Harvey before his death, with the aim of "seeking to enhance and clarify the cultural dialogue which is the centrepiece of (Harvey's) opera".

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