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    Swansong or rebirth?

    Life, Stan Gayuski, Published on 22/08/2017

    » The final production of Opera Siam's 16th season earlier this month at the Thailand Cultural Centre was a revival of the much-praised third work in Somtow Sucharitkul's 10-part DasJati -- Ten Lives Of The Buddha, the story of a young boy named Sama whose devotion to his parents was so exemplary that it overcomes even death itself. In the opera, a statue of an ancient yakkhini -- a giantess -- comes to life to inform the citizens of Varanasi that the slain youth, once her son seven lifetimes before, is a Bodhisattva. The boy returns to life, and the ruler and people of Varanasi learn that a mother's love can extend across worlds and generations.

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    King Bhumibol's compositions live on

    Life, Stan Gayuski, Published on 25/05/2017

    » The opportunity to hear the complete compositions of King Rama IX all in one sitting, utilising all the different musical genres from jazz to symphony orchestra, marching band to chamber music, was afforded for the first (and second) time on May 13 and 14, when Opera Siam brought together over 200 artists for a pair of six-hour marathons punctuated by 90-minute dinner breaks.

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    Siam Philharmonic serves up a passionate masterclass

    Life, Stan Gayuski, Published on 28/02/2017

    » For the past few months, the Siam Philharmonic has performed only in events commemorating the late King Bhuminol Adulyadej, notably the performance of the Royal Anthem in Sanam Luang in October. Last Tuesday, the orchestra and its conductor, Maestro Somtow Sucharitkul, emerged from seclusion and presented its first concert of standard classical repertoire in its fifteenth season.

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    Heaven and hell in Dasjati

    Life, Stan Gayuski, Published on 12/07/2016

    » Opera Siam, with help from such heavyweights as ThaiBev and the Department of Cultural Promotion, put on excerpts from Somtow Sucharitkul's epic 10-opera cycle Dasjati (Tossachat - Ten Lives Of The Buddha) last Sunday. The production was part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne, and the two shows, particularly the afternoon one, were packed, auguring well for an audience for opera in Thailand.

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    Mahler on the wing

    Life, Stan Gayuski, Published on 06/08/2013

    » A first encounter with Mahler's music is often a life-altering event. Several notable conductors have divided their spiritual and musical lives into "BM" and "AM" (Before Mahler and After Mahler). Mahler's music is transformative _ and its power endures to this day.

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