July 26, 1997 | Santa Fe Opera
Ashoka’s Dream
Composer:Peter Lieberson
Librettist:Douglas Penick
Synopsis
The story of Ashoka Maurya, a 3rd-century B.C. king of India and the only ruler to unify India until the 19th century A.D. The opera focuses on Ashoka’s transformation from angry, isolated young conqueror to enlightened ruler. His revolutionary approach to government was based on a justice code whose central principles were universal tolerance, generosity, compassion, and nonaggression. Ashoka’s Dream imagines events in the ruler’s life, and in the lives of those close to him before, during, and after his transformation.

Courtesy of G. Schirmer

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:40

Original Cast
Paul Kreider (The Sage)
Patricia Johnson (Air)
Sara Seglem (Fire)
Christine Abraham (Water)
Beth Clayton (Earth)
Beau Palmer (Raga)
John Atkins (Kroda)
Bruce Baumer (Madu)
Mark Thomsen (Girika)
Greer Grimsley (Cankya)
Kurt Ollman (Ashoka)
Clare Gormley (Lakshmi)
Lorraine Hunt (Triraksha)



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