Following the viewing of “The Indian Queen”, musicAeterna.org lists the sources of inspiration cited by director Peter Sellars who produced the opera. A documentary of Aretha Franklin, Buddha figurines from the Magao caves and other art pieces are featured in his personal aesthetic and philosophic moodboard.
With the TOP10 project, we are asking outstanding artists, stage directors, musicians, scientists, poets and philosophers — all those whose ideas inspire us and grant us the power to create — about their own sources of inspiration.
Episode 4 features world-famous American stage director Peter Sellars.
Peter Sellars is an American stage director renowned worldwide for his groundbreaking and innovative interpretations of theatre and music masterpieces, including those by contemporary authors. He has collaborated with the world’s most outstanding artists, major opera houses and biggest festivals. Peter Sellars is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA as well as a resident curator of the Telluride Film Festival. He has led several major arts festivals such as New Crowned Hope (Vienna), which celebrated Mozart’s 250th anniversary. Sellars is a laureate of numerous awards, including the Erasmus Prize for contributions to European culture. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
“An ancient legend tells how the angels sang at the command of god to induce the unwilling soul to enter the body of Adam. The souls, intoxicated by the song of the angels, entered the body which it regarded as a prison. All spiritualists who have really sounded the depths of spirituality have realized that there is no better means of attracting the spirits from the plane of freedom to the outer plane than by music.”
"All beauty in the realm of nature, art, or personality is silent music."
From The Mysticism of Sound and Music by Hazrat Inayat Khan