New Thai opera company celebrates Britten centenary
23 November 2012, Bangkok, Thailand
A scene from 18 Monkeys’ recent production 'Demon in Venice'(Photo: Basil Childers)
A new Thai opera company is gearing up to celebrate Benjamin Britten’s birth centenary with the country’s first ever performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Led by artistic director Stefan Sanchez, the production will provide a platform for talented young Thai opera singers to work with an international creative team, together with dancers from the cutting-edge Thai dance company 18 Monkeys and children from a local home for AIDS orphans. Britten’s original conception of a rural English setting for the opera will be swapped for a forest somewhere in Southeast Asia, where gods and spirits still play a part in daily life.
The performances at Bangkok’s Aksara Theatre run from 28 to 31 March 2013, supported by the British Council.