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OCBS News - September 2013 - Opera's first Pali libretto

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Richard Gombrich was recently approached to translate a part of the libretto for Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream into Pali. As you certainly know, Pali is a 2,000-year-old language close to what the Buddha would have spoken but which is nowadays, sadly, on the brink of passing out of all memory. Neither Oxford nor Cambridge now has a post in Pali and no British university currently offers a degree devoted to the subject.


Richard’s contribution features in the Welsh National Opera’s production of this musical masterpiece, which had its staged première on Thursday 6 June at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. This was something the composer had been keen to see happen, in order to enhance and clarify the cultural dialogue which is the centrepiece of this opera.

To see the press release, please click here.

 



 

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