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                   Newsletter — September-October 2006

     Bangkok Opera makes co-production deal with
     Hanoi Opera, Netherlands Opera Studio;
       Charles Hens signed up for “Ayodhya”

Charles Hens
                                                 Hanoi Opera House

                                            Somtow and Nieuwenhuis are                                                             ping
                                            shown above with Nguyen Van Tinh,                                                     pro-
                                            Deputy Director General of the Ministry of     ductions back and forth.              The first
                                            Culture in Vietnam, and Pham Hong Hai,         scheduled exchanges include The Rape of
                                            conductor of the Vietnam National Opera        Lucretia and VNOB’s production of the
                                            and Ballet.                                    ballet La Sylphide. Next will follow a spe-
                                                                                           cial opera program created to best highlight
                                            “Vietnam is reawakening,” Somtow says,         the talents of local opera singers in the
                                            having just signed the VNOB on to mem-         opera studios of Thailand, the Netherlands,
                                            bership in OPAL, the Opera Pacific Alli-       and Vietnam.
                                            ance which is an informal congress of
                                            Southeast Asian Opera producers. “There        In other news, leading Dutch heroic tenor,
                                            was a lot of operatic activity in the past,    already playing Siegmund in Bangkok’s
                                            and of all the countries in the region Viet-   upcoming Die Walküre, will be singing the
                                            nam is the one with the most well-             lead role of Rama in Ayodhya.
                                            established operatic infrastructure - great
                                            rehearsal space, a beautiful opera house, a
                                            salaried orchestra and soloists. There
  Hans Nieuwenhuis, director of the Opera   situation is the exact opposite of ours - we
  Studio Nederland, and Somtow of the       are a busy, full-time production company
  Bangkok Opera paid a call on the Viet-    that lacks the underlying support system.
  namese Ministry of Culture on September   We have a lot to gain from working to-
  18 in order to lay the groundwork for a   gether.”
  long-term cooperation between opera
  companies from the three countries.       Collaboration with start with sharing of
                                            musicians and will expand to include ship-

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Bangkok Opera’s adventurous programming continues in its Sixth Season
Ayodhya - November 16, 18, 19 2006
The world premiere of Somtow Sucharitkul’s new opera, Ayodhya, tells the entire story of Asia’s great epic poem The Ramayana from
the viewpoint of its heroine Sita. The opera stars Michael Chance, Nancy Yuen, and John Ames, and is directed by Hans Nieuwen-
huis, one of Europe’s leading opera directors.

The Rape of Lucretia - Feb 24, 25, 26 2007- March 1 (Hanoi)
A co-production between the Bangkok Opera and the Netherlands Opera Studio, this is the Southeast Asian premiere of Britten’s chamber op-
era about corruption and redemption in ancient Rome.

Dido and Aeneas - April 7, 8, 9 2007
Conducted by Trisdee na Patalung with the Bangkok Baroque Ensemble, this revival of Bangkok Opera’s 2002 production features

St Matthew Passion - May 25, 26 2007
The Orpheus Choir’s long awaited performance of Bach’s masterpiece in a semi-staged setting.

Die Walküre - July 24, 26 2007
The uniquely Asian-themed Bangkok Ring Cycle continues with a spectacular Walküre starring Janny Zomer, Charles Hens, Jessica Chen and
Barbara Smith Jones.

Madama Butterfly - Aug 29, 31 2007
Nancy Yuen finally performs her most celebrated role in Thailand in a production that originated with the Singapore Lyric Opera and completely
sold out the Esplanade there for three nights.

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Don’t forget the Monday night “salons” that are now destined to become a regular feature of the cultural life of Bangkok! Held
at our premises at 232/14-16 Sukhumvit Soi 22, the salons feature house concerts, lectures, poetry readings, art film. Doors al-
ways open at 7; time of program varies.

October 2 - Wagner Society Evening (Bill Condie, host); October 9 - Ueng Ang Thalay’s Film Choice; October 16 - at Goethe
Institut for Trisdee Beethoven evening; October 23 - Malcanto presents “Die Fledermaus”; October 30 - Halloween special -
Somtow reads from his horror stories.

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                                                               FRENCH BAROQUE
                                                               Evening a major success
                                                               Shown here with the Ambassador of France
                                                               are Ralph Rousseau Meulenbroeks, a lead-
                                                               ing viola da gambist from the Netherlands,
                                                               and Trisdee na Patalung, Thailand’s premier
                                                               harpsichordist, who gave a recital of the mu-
                                                               sic of Marin Marais at the Siam Society this
                                                               September. This is the first time that Marais’
                                                               music has ever been presented in the region.

BANGKOK OPERA                                                          BANGKOK OPERA
COSTUME SHOP makes                                                     CD AN AWARD
American debut                                                         NOMINEE
Costumes produced by the Bangkok
                                                                       The 2006 JPF Awards in the Best
Opera’s costume shop made their first
                                                                       Album category this year include a
appearance on the American stage in
                                                                       nod to the album Per l”Amore by
the Hawaii Opera Theatre’s recent pro-
                                                                       Nancy Yuen with the Siam Phil-
duction of The King and I, starring Rich-
                                                                       harmonic, conducted by Somtow
ard Chamberlain and Sylvia McNair.
                                                                       Sucharitkul. Winners will be an-
                                                                       nounced November 4th.
One of Thailand’s most valuable re-
sources is its ability to produce costumes
                                                                       The 2005 album was released by
quickly, elegantly, and inexpensively,
                                                                       Singapore-based Orchid Music.
and the Bangkok Opera Costume Shop
was designed to allow international op-
era companies to have custom made
costumes made rather than having to
rent them from preexisting productions.
It’s a wonderful way of entering collabo-
rative relationships with international

  Bangkok Opera September/October

  HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindorn, the much-beloved
  daughter of His Majesty the King of Thailand, will preside over
  the opening night of Somtow Sucharitkul’s opera Ayodhya, at
  the Thailand Cultural Center on November 16, 2006. This
  will be the princess’s first visit to the Bangkok Opera.

  Other members of the Royal Family and of the Royal Families
  of other countries have often graced the Bangkok Opera’s pro-     tow’s operas was played.
  ductions. HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana, the Opera’s pa-
  tron, is a frequent guest. H.M. the Queen came to the open-
  ing of the 2003 Magic Flute, and HRH The Crown Prince of
  Belgium was present at the 2001 premiere of Madana. HSH
  Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein came to the opening of the
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