Ravi Shankar opera to get posthumous world premiere
Sukanya, a Hindu tale named after the sitar greats wife and completed by their daughter Anoushka, will be semi-staged at Leicesters Curve with the LPO
The world premiere of Ravi Shankars only opera will be presented next May in a production at Leicesters Curve theatre. The world-famous musician, first to bring Indian music to a global audience, began work on the composition in the final few years of his life, leaving the project almost finished at his death in December 2012. Days before what was to be his final surgery, Shankar outlined his vision for the complete opera to his longtime collaborator David Murphy, who, with the help of Shankars daughter Anoushka has since brought the opera to fruition.
Hed written the whole piece in outline the entire raga structure and almost all the melodies so [after Shankars death] it was just a matter of filling in the gaps, which were small, explained Murphy, who will conduct the new work.
Named Sukanya, after his second wife, the opera tells the tale of her mythical namesake, the princess Sukanya, dutiful daughter and faithful wife of Hindu ancient legend. Author, academic and musician Amit Chaudhuri has written the libretto; Suba Das, associate director of Curve, will direct the semi-staged production that will also tour to Salford, Birmingham and London.