classical music, opera, theatre

Tan Dun: Buddha Passion - Hungarian premiere

one interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • Bartók Spring

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Commissioned by the Dresden Music Festival, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, this monumental, six-part Buddha Passion was written in 2018. The piece has a Chinese and Sanskrit libretto, and employs solo singers, a choir and an orchestra. It was first performed in Dresden by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Internationale Chorakademie Lübeck.
Before he set pen to paper, world-famous, Oscar and Grammy award winning composer Tan Dun spent some time at the Mogao Caves (Caves of the Thousand Buddhas), a UNESCO World Heritage site in Western China. The hundreds of temples and meditation grottoes bear witness to a thousand years of Buddhist art. The famed reclining Buddha, a 15-metre long sculpture, can be found in cave 158. The libretto was directly inspired by the murals around the statue, as well as by the ancient writings and musical notations that Tan Dun studied on location, at the Dunhuang Library Cave.

Staged concert with one interval, in Mandarin and Sanskrit, with English and Hungarian surtitles.

The concert will be preceded from 6.30 pm by an introductory presentation in Hungarian entitled Prologue in the Auditorium, by musicologist Gergely Fazekas, where concert ticket holders will be invited to get to know the performing musicians and the works to be performed more closely. Admission to the programme is subject to prior registration on our website.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • Tan Dun
  • voice
    Sen Guo
    Huiling Zhu
    Henry Ngan
    Elliot Madore
    Jiangfan Yong
  • voice, morin khuur
    Batubagen
  • pipa, dance
    Han Yan
  • Concerto Budapest
  • Hungarian Radio Choir (choirmaster: Zoltán Pad)
  • production design
    Éva Szendrényi
  • animation
    Dániel Besnyő
  • director
    Csaba Káel

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