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IN DEVELOPMENT

Ga Sho

Composed by Pete M. Wyer

libretto by melissa salmons

Ga Sho

The story of one teenage girl standing up against authoritarian power. An immersive one woman show performed within a unique 24-speaker sound-array.

Ga Sho is an original immersive opera experience based on the true story of a teenage Tibetan nun whose act of peaceful protest condemned her to years of brutal torture in a Chinese prison. She survives by holding close to her mantras, her memories of family, her devotion to her fellow prisoners… and her belief that her torturers are her greatest teachers in the practice of compassion. Ga Sho places the lone live singer and the audience within a surround of 24 independent audio speakers from which emerge (authentic) chanting Tibetan monks, ritual instruments, choruses, and found sounds that transform the space from the harsh external realities of solitary confinement in a brutal prison system to an inner spiritual world. Large scale animated projections of the wrathful and peaceful deities of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and memories from Tsering’s life before prison take the audience on a sweeping 70-minute journey that ends with Tsering's release... as her songs unexpectedly lead to her freedom.

“Prison became our nunnery and the prison guards were our gurus.  The Buddha taught that an enemy is the best teacher, because only when someone is cruel to you can you truly be tested on your practice of compassion toward all sentient beings. No matter our sufferings, our spirits were far from broken.”  – Ngwang Sangdrol


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CREATORS

PETE M. WYER (composer)  is a composer and musician from England with an interest in storytelling and innovation. He has created scores for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard, the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, The Crossing, BBC Television and the Royal Opera House as well as creating seven operas and music theatre works. He is a specialist in immersive sound and has conducted research and produced many projects, beginning in 2004 with ‘Simultaneity’. His installation The iForest opened in a permanent home at The Wild Center, in the Adirondacks in 2017. The work created for the woodland there is called ‘I Walk Towards Myself’ and is making a guest appearance at Drums Along the Hudson, it features a unique work for 3 choirs of 24 voices each multi-track recording of The Crossing with each voice separately recorded, creating a 72 voice choir, singing in the indigenous Mohawk language.

PETE M. WYER (composer) is a composer and musician from England with an interest in storytelling and innovation. He has created scores for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard, the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, The Crossing, BBC Television and the Royal Opera House as well as creating seven operas and music theatre works. He is a specialist in immersive sound and has conducted research and produced many projects, beginning in 2004 with ‘Simultaneity’. His installation The iForest opened in a permanent home at The Wild Center, in the Adirondacks in 2017. The work created for the woodland there is called ‘I Walk Towards Myself’ and is making a guest appearance at Drums Along the Hudson, it features a unique work for 3 choirs of 24 voices each multi-track recording of The Crossing with each voice separately recorded, creating a 72 voice choir, singing in the indigenous Mohawk language.

Melissa Salmons (librettist)  has written over 1600 hours of serial drama for television. She is a two-time Emmy winner and a four-time recipient of the WGA Award for that work. She has also written television movies, and segments for the iconic MTV series Liquid Television. In addition to Ga Sho, she is currently working on a play about Tibet.

Melissa Salmons (librettist) has written over 1600 hours of serial drama for television. She is a two-time Emmy winner and a four-time recipient of the WGA Award for that work. She has also written television movies, and segments for the iconic MTV series Liquid Television. In addition to Ga Sho, she is currently working on a play about Tibet.

 

PRESS

“Although the opera is still a work in progress, Wyer’s score and libretto are off to a stunning start … inventive mixture of Western music with traditional Tibetan sounds … Wyer is fortunate to have the support of American Opera Projects, an organization that excels at producing new works by contemporary composers.” — Gwarlingo.com


Information

Duration 70' / no intermission

Commission Ga Sho is currently in development with American Opera Projects.

Premiere TBD

Roles 8 singers (1 soprano, 1 mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, 1 baritone, 1 alto, 1 bass-baritone)

Instrumentation Tibetan chanting, ritual instruments (Gyaling, Dungchen, Dramyen), strings, piano, electronics (including samples), percussion, ambient sounds (prison, rain, snow, storm)

Publisher Staged performances of this work require licensing through the creators.

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