A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS - OA New Works Forum
January 18 | 8:00 PM
75 Broadway, New York, NY 10006
AOP First Chance and OPERA America, in association with NOVUS NY orchestra of Trinity Wall Street, present an orchestral reading from the opera-in-progress A Thousand Splendid Suns in the New Opera Showcase, part of the OPERA America New Works Forum, OPERA America’s annual gathering of opera creators. For the first time, these concert presentations will be open to the public at historic Trinity Church, a landmark of Lower Manhattan. In addition to A Thousand Splendid Suns, audiences will hear excerpts from Beowulf by Hannah Lash (Composers & the Voice), Dream of the Red Chamber by Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang, and Invention of Morel by Stewart Copeland and Jonathan Moore — all performed by NOVUS NY orchestra under the direction of Julian Wachner. This event will also be live streamed at operaamerica.org/Live.
In a society where women are worse than second class citizens, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two oppressed women, one older, one younger, forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Enemies at first, only through their loving support for one another, are they able to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom. Based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini and set in Afghanistan from the mid-1970’s to the present era, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a universal story of love, passion, sacrifice and spiritual transcendence. www.aopopera.org/suns
Music by Sheila Silver
Libretto by Stephen Kitsakos
Sara Jobin, Conductor
Leslie Swackhamer, Director
Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini
Ron Loyd - Rasheed
Aleksandra Romano - Mariam
Lucy Fitz Gibbon -Laila
Thor Helgi Árbjörnsson - Tariq
Deanne Meek - Fariba & Others
Risa Renae Harman - Wife, Market
Vira Slywotzky - Nana & Others
Michael Scarcelle - Mullah, Driver/Hakeem
Steve Gorn Bansuri, Flute
Jonathan Singer, Tabla
Tickets are $10 for members and $25 for non-members. Visit operaamerica.org/Showcase to register.
Sheila Silver has received a Guggenheim as well as a 2014 Opera America Discovery Grant for Female Composers (funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation) to support the opera. The libretto has been commissioned by American Opera Projects with support from the New York State Council of the Arts.