Buddha Passion por Tan Dun – Abu Dhabi Festival 2023

El Abu Dhabi Festival 2023 presenta ‘Buddha Passion’ de Tan Dun, un oratorio de 95 minutos que se interpretará el 18 de marzo en el Emirates Palace Auditorium de Abu Dhabi, EAU, por la Orchestra Filarmonica Del teatro Comunale di Modena dirigida por Tan Dun, con artistas invitados especiales.

Buddha Passion por Tan Dun - Abu Dhabi Festival 2023


Descripción oficial:

Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun, renowned for his ability to span the boundaries of classical music and Eastern and Western traditions, is considered one of the most prominent figures of “world classical” music. His Buddha Passion, which can also be staged as an opera, is a 95-minute oratorio illustrating six Buddha parables and stories, with the sixth being the Buddha’s ascension into Nirvana.  Structured in six acts, Buddha Passion captures the ancient narratives of the Buddha’s teachings and the timeless, universal concepts of love, forgiveness and sacrifice, summarising the stories portrayed on the walls of the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang in an exceptionally unique musical work.


Stirred by the city of Dunhuang and its ancient caves, Tan Dun created a powerful score that weaves chants, stories and sounds into a breathtaking vocal masterpiece, capturing the Buddha’s teachings and timeless concepts of love, forgiveness, sacrifice and salvation.


Buddha Passion unfolds over six acts. It begins with a mural alluding to Buddha’s moment of nirvana. A little prince learns all lives are equal while a man reaps the fruits of karma after betraying the Deer of Nine Colours. Princess Miaoshan’s sacrifice transmutes into the ultimate symbol of compassion, while a Zen Master and lowly woodcutter debate on the true meaning of Zen. In a chance encounter on the Silk Road, a minstrel monk finds himself inexorably drawn to the fate of a dying woman. Shimmering with mythic grace, Buddha Passion incarnates the timeless message of peace, compassion and gentleness and is a thrilling musical achievement not to be missed.



  • Orchestra Filarmonica Del teatro Comunale di Modena
  • Tan Dun Director
  • Lei Xu Sopano y voces
  • Megan Moore Mezzo-soprano
  • Yi Li Tenor
  • Elliot Madore Baritono
  • Batubagen voces
  • Chen Yining Pipa (Laúd Chino)




NOTA: El día anterior, Tan Dun también dirigirá la Orchestra Filarmonica Del teatro Comunale di Modena en un concierto titulado ‘From West To East: A Classical Odyssey’, que incluirá su obra ‘Concerto for Pipa and Strings’, junto con música clásica de Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Mussorgsky y Ravel:



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