Ravi Shankar’s Opera: Sukanya

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Don’t miss the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s opera: Sukanya, a mythical love story told through music and dance. Discover an extravagant opera performance by Indian music legend Ravi Shankar and a score by his long-time collaborator David Murphy. Ravi Shankar was working on Sukanya at the time of his passing in December 2012 and envisaged the opera as a truly groundbreaking piece exploring the common ground between the music, dance and theatrical traditions of India and the West.

This innovative co-production between The Royal Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Leicester’s Curve theatre brings to life a story from the legendary Sanskrit epic of the Mahabharata. After a terrible mistake leaves the ancient sage Chyavana blinded, the beautiful princess Sukanya finds herself marrying him for the sake of her kingdom. As a pair of swaggering, meddling gods watch this unlikely union blossom; will love grow in the strangest of circumstances?

Anoushka Shankar: “At the beginning I laughed when my father, aged 90, said he was writing an opera. But he never was content to sit still. He always wanted to push even more boundaries, and bring Indian classical music to the context of opera.”

This event is supported by the Bagri Foundation and Arts Council England.

Friday 12 May 2017, 7:30pm at Curve Theatre, Leicester. Book here
Sunday 14 May 2017, 7:30pm at The Lowry, Manchester. Book here
Monday 15 May 2017, 7:30pm at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Book here
Friday 19 May 2017, 7:30pm at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. Book here

Creative team
Director: Suba Das
Conductor: David Murphy
Libretto: Amit Chaudhuri
Choreographer: Aakash Odedra
Production Design: 59 Productions

Lighting Designer: Matt Haskins


Sukanya: Susanna Hurrell
Chyavana: Alok Kumar

King Shaariyati: Keel Watson
Aswini Twins: Njabulo Madlala and Michel de Souza
Chorus: BBC Singers
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Dancers: Aakash Odedra Company

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