Wagner Dream [Jonathan Harvey]

Opera & live electronics

This is the cue for Jonathan Harvey’s astonishing work, Wagner Dream which takes as its starting point Wagner’s preoccupation, in his dying days in Venice, with the Buddha, and the idea of renouncing the world and embracing a spiritual reality. Harvey, himself a Buddhist, has created an awe-inspiring score of great beauty and power, using primarily electronic means to evoke the scale and power of Wagner’s soundworld. I was very pleased to be part of this wonderful opera adventure with Jonathan. The score makes extensively use of spatialization and electronics we have been working on since the 4th String Quartet.