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The Story of Sukanya

The story of Sukanya is found in the Mahabharata, the longest of the Sanskrit epics of ancient India (at over 1.8 million words it is 10 times the length of the Odyssey and the Iliad combined!). The story comes from Book III, the Vana Parva (‘Book of the Forest’). Read the opera's synopsis here. 

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Director Suba Das and choreographer Aakash Odedra on Sukanya

Director Suba Das and choreographer Aakash Odedra discuss their work on the upcoming world premiere of Indian music legend Ravi Shankar's only opera Sukanya, in the next installment of our series of interviews with some of the major creative voices behind this unique project.

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Conductor John Mauceri on Strauss's Four Last Songs

We’ve got a brilliant programme lined up for our performance on Friday 28 April, exploring a wide range of music that looks beyond the material world and strives for transcendence, conducted by John Mauceri and featuring star soprano Angel Blue. Here John introduces Strauss's radiantly beautiful Four Last Songs, and explains the significance of these final completed works from the last great pioneer of German Romanticism. 

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Conductor John Mauceri on Paul Hindemith

We’ve got a brilliant programme lined up for our performance on Friday 28 April, exploring a wide range of music that looks beyond the material world and strives for transcendence, conducted by John Mauceri and featuring star soprano Angel Blue. Here John introduces another work from the programme, and explains the surprising link between 20th-century German composer Paul Hindemith and St Francis of Assisi.

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Anoushka Shankar on the development of Sukanya

Daughter of Indian music legend Ravi Shankar and renowned sitar player Anoushka Shankar discusses the development of her father's only opera Sukanya, in the first of our series of interviews with some of the major creative voices behind this unique project. 

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Dans le Métro – FUNharmonics sing-along

At our next FUNharmonics family concert, everyone in the audience will be invited to sing along to a special song, Dans le Métro, written by our presenter, Rachel Leach. It’s all about travelling on the Paris underground trains, passing through some of the city’s famous stations.

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Conductor John Mauceri on Schoenberg and Bach

We’ve got a brilliant programme lined up for our performance on Friday 28 April, exploring a wide range of music that looks beyond the material world and strives for transcendence, conducted by John Mauceri and featuring star soprano Angel Blue. Here John introduces a work from the programme and explains why our assumptions about Schoenberg are probably wrong ...

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