We have always intended to be a full-service opera company, providing classics, modern works, worldpremieres, unusual and rare works, and so on. A lot of resources are for the time being consumed with the DasJati project so in the next couple of years we may be doing more small-scale works such Brundibár and The Diary of Anne Frank, which we just produced in the contemporary art museum in Bangkok, and Damian Whiteley’s one-man show Mozart and Me.
These are the kinds of things that might otherwise never be seen in this part of the world so I am excited to do them. I’m also planning a sort of ‘pocket opera’ with reduced orchestrations and younger soloists, to be done in more unusual venues. As well as the DasJati project, I’m currently working on Helena Citrónová, based on the true story of an inmate of Auschwitz who had a strangely moving affair with an SS man. Concurrent premieres in Thailand, Germany and Israel are being planned. I would love to do a few bucket-list operas before I retire, especially Wozzeck and Elektra. Also Jenůfa with Nancy Yuen in the title role and directed by Andrew Sinclair. That would certainly be a major coup on many levels – the first Janáček in the region!