Hailed as an “astonishing experience of linguistic and musical landscape” (Suddeutsche Zeitung, Dresden) and “powerful sound epic” (Global Interculture, Dresden), Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion launches from its Dresden world premiere to tour the world. On Saturday, October 6, 2018 Tan Dun will conduct the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. The extraordinary and unique musical work will then continue onto having its Asia Premiere in Hong Kong on November 2nd and 3rd, 2018 and its American premiere in Los Angeles on February 8th and 9th, 2019 with Gustavo Dudamel conducting.
Commissioned jointly by the Dresden Musikfestspiele, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Buddha Passion is scored for seven soloists, choir, and orchestra in six individual short stories performed in Chinese and Sanskrit. Tan Dun weaves ancient Eastern narratives of the Buddha’s teachings with timeless, universal concepts well-known in Western Passions: love, forgiveness, and sacrifice.
Buddha Passion is the first Passion story of its kind. Inspired by the powerful history of spiritual and cultural exchange of the UNESCO World Heritage Mogao caves of Dunhuang , the oratorio follows Tan Dun’s musical aspirations to merge East and West.
Photo: Dunhuang Academy (Photographer: Wu Jian)