BANGKOK — After conducting the royal anthem for audiences in the Sanam Luang and on a plane, composer Somtow Sucharitkul is back on the opera track with his latest work commemorating the 100-day anniversary of King Rama IX’s death.

“Chariot of Heaven,” part of a larger unfinished project, will be released Jan. 20 in honor of His Late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

It is the fourth installment of “DasJati – Ten Lives of the Buddha,” Somtow’s ambitious project to create music dramas reflecting the last 10 lives of Buddha or Tossachat for performance in a five-day festival.

Surtitles in Thai and English will be available throughout the performance.


The performances begin at 8pm, Jan. 19 – 22, with 2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday, in the Main Hall of the Thailand Cultural Centre.


Admission is free and tickets can be reserved online. The 100th day ritual performance on Jan. 20 is by invitation only.

The venue can be reached on foot or mototaxi from MRT Thailand Cultural Centre exit No. 1.