Ravi Shankar's Sukanya

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Friday 19 May 2017 at 19:30
Programme
Shankar, Ravi (1920-2012)Sukanya (world premiere performance)
Performers
Susanna HurrellSopranoSukanya
Alok KumarTenorChyavana
Keel WatsonBassKing Shaariyati
Njabulo MadlalaBaritoneAswini Twins
Michel de SouzaBaritoneAswini Twins
Suba DasDirector
David MurphyConductor
Aakash OdedraChoreography
Aakash Odedra Company
BBC Singers
London Philharmonic Orchestra

After a terrible mistake leaves the ancient sage Chyavana blinded, the beautiful princess Sukanya finds herself marrying for the sake of her kingdom. As a pair of swaggering, meddling gods observe this unlikely union blossom, will love grow in the strangest of circumstances?

Taken from the legendary Sanskrit texts of the Mahābhārata, the story of Sukanya has been brought to life in this innovative production with music by Indian music legend Ravi Shankar and combines traditional Indian instruments with Western orchestra and singers. This performance is directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das and uniquely unites dance choreographed by the Aakash Odedra Company, production by the Royal Opera House and the musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Come and experience Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya. This special event combining myth, music and dance, will bring Ravi Shankar’s Opera to life for the very first time.

This performance is a co-production between The Royal Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve, with generous philanthropic support from Arts Council England and the Bagri Foundation.

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