Opera Siam, entering its Eighteenth Season, is ASEAN's full-service opera, providing a rich season of established classics, innovative new works, contemporary opera, and world premieres of operas by Asian composers.
The Bangkok Opera Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was created by Somtow Sucharitkul as the Artistic Director in 2001 with the aim of creating an opera company in Asia with a unique perspective. Its productions have often presented traditional western reperoire works with a local twist. Opera Siam has now produced sixty-one staged opera productions. World-class artists frequently join forces with Thailand’s best performers for Opera Siam’s productions.
In its previous season, Opera Siam began its project to perform all the major operas of Puccini over the next five years. One of Opera Siam’s long-term projects has been DasJati, an adaptation of the iconic Ten Lives of the Buddha into ten linked music dramas. There are now seven of these works. Opera Siam’s educational program includes the Siam Sinfonietta, a youth orchestra.