We see clearly only after the fact
We love dearly only after the loss
The wind blows dust in our eyes
We are blinded as tears hide the truth . . .
Naga is the story of a young Monk who renounces everything to find nirvana. The White Snake encounters him as he is saying goodbye to his wife. The couple’s grief moves her and she longs to experience such powerful emotion. The Monk encounters a demon, who tempts him three times. The Monk resists the first two attacks, but his resistance weakens during the third as he sees a vision of his wife dying after giving birth to their child. The White Snake stops him from turning back and leads him to a renowned healer, who takes him in as an apprentice. When the Master discovers the White Snake, he recognizes her magic - she is the answer to his prayers for the salvation of the world; anyone who eats of her will be healed. The Monk, however, believes that she should be free for the universe to have beauty and uniqueness. The Master orders him to hold down the White Snake so he can sacrifice her. In the ensuing struggle, the Monk releases the snake and the Master is stabbed.
The world premiere of Naga will be presented by ArtsEmerson as part of the Ouroboros Trilogy in the 2016-2017 season at the Cutler Majestic Theater:
September 10: Naga, Madame White Snake, Gilgamesh
September 13: Madame White Snake
September 14: Gilgamesh
September 15: Naga
September 17: Gilgamesh, Naga, Madame White Snake
The Ouroboros Trilogy operas and production were commissioned by Friends of Madame White Snake
Naga was co-commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera
Naga is dedicated by Cerise to Charles, with whom everything is possible.
Creator And Librettist
Cerise Lim Jacobs
Director and production designer
madame white snake
Supported by the Boston Cultural Council