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Fashion designer Prashi Shah's first involvement in opera will include exotic, colorful and delicious costumes. Courtesy of Prashi Shah
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Somtow Sucharitkul, one of Thailand's leading operatic composers Courtesy of Somtow Sucharitkul
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For Sucharitkul, "The Silent Prince" allows him to indulge in a 35-year obsession with Indian melodies and themes. Courtesy of Somtow Sucharitkul
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Sucharitkul today composes in a neo-romantic style influenced by not only composers closest to him follows Asian philosophy: the past is immediately present. Scene from "MAE NAAK" at the Thailand Cultural Center Courtesy of Somtow Sucharitkul
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If Strauss had gone to Bali, this is what Thai composer Sucharitkul would envision: a scene from "AYPDHAYA," one of his large-scale operas performed at the Thailand Cultural Center Courtesy of Somtow Sucharitkul
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Shah loves Bollywood movies, and working on "The Silent Prince" is both natural and exciting. Courtesy of Prashi Shah
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In Bollywood movies, people dance for no reason, but dancing also requires exquisite clothing. Courtesy of Prashi Shah
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Viswa Subbaraman, artistic director and conductor of Opera Vista, brings yet another world premier to the Houston operatic stage. Courtesy of Viswa Subbaraman
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"The Silent Prince" is a first for many, including Opera Vista, composer Somtow Sucharitkul, artistic director Viswa Subbaraman, fashion designer Prashi Shah and choreographers Rathna Kumar and Mahesh Mahbubani.
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In rehearsal, Subbaraman always wanted to produce a work that weaved Indian thematic material. Courtesy of Viswa Subbaraman