Music, Festival

Buddha Passion

Organised by: Arts House Limited
Performed by: Tan Dun, Internationale Chorakademie L├╝beck, & SSO (China, Germany, Singapore & USA)
  • Date:
    15, 16 May 2020
  • Time:
  • Duration:
    2.5h, including 20min intermission
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Concert Hall
    Esplanade Concert Hall Esplanade Concert Hall
  • Language:
    Performed in Mandarin & Sanskrit with English and Chinese surtitles
  • Admission:
    $48*, $68, $98, $118
    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors.
    Limited student tickets at $10

  • Advisory:
    Rating to be advised.


** This event is cancelled. **

From world-renowned composer Tan Dun, Buddha Passion is a sweeping work of imagination and a luminous meditation on the life and teaching of Buddha.

For Buddha Passion, Grammy and Academy award-winning artist Tan Dun has travelled the globe, from the mystical Buddhist caves of the ancient city of Dunhuang to the storied libraries of Europe.

Richly evoking an allegorical world inspired by Buddhist philosophy, Buddha Passion is marked by mythical characters and eastern landscapes in a multi-layered performance of narrative, rich choral textures and orchestra.

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.

Together with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, witness Tan Dun's prodigious, genre- breaking gifts which have won standing ovations from audiences globally.

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.

Buddha Passion