Opera in five acts. 1993 (appx. 120’)
Libretto: the composer, based on the true life of the ancient Cambodian God-King Jayavarman VII (1120-1219 AD)
Principal role: Jayavarman – baritone. Other principal roles: 1 high soprano, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 3 tenors, 3 baritones, 1 bass, 1 deep bass. Supporting roles: 1 tenor, 4 baritones. Chorus
220.127.116.11 – 3.6 (+ bass tpt).2.1 – 2 hp, celeste, 7 perc, – 16vv, 12vla, 10vc, 6 db
The city of Angkor is a wonder of the world. Of all its kings, Jayavarman VII made the mightiest impact. But his long life was not easy and he saw cruelty all around him. This opera uses texts from original Sanskrit writings of the period, be they from contemporaneous sources or from actual steles within the city area.