Free

Multiple Dates

AOP First Chance: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Hudson Area Library

51 North 5th Street

Hudson, NY 12534

View Map

Event description

Description

AOP FIRST CHANCE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

“A Thousand Splendid Suns is more than a story of survival in the face of what seem to be insurmountable odds. It is a story of the unconquerable spirit of a people and individuals seen through the eyes of two indomitable women.” - Contemporary Literature

AOP First Chance and the Hudson Area Library present a music reading of Act II of the new opera A Thousand Splendid Suns, by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos. A Thousand Splendid Suns is scheduled for a World Premiere by the Seattle Opera in 2020.

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 tells the story of two women from different walks of life, one older, one younger, forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Cold to one another at first, they form a bond that enables them to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a universal story of love, passion, sacrifice and spiritual transcendence.

Learn more: www.aopopera.org/suns

Performances by: Maya Lahyani, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ron Lloyd, Ian McCuen, Matthew Scolin with an ensemble of 7 instruments including Steve Gorn on bansuri, and Jonathan Singer on tablas.
Music Direction: Sara Jobin
Stage Direction: Leslie Swackhamer

Co-presented by AOP and Hudson Area Library

Running Time: 90 minutes including introduction to Act II.

There will be an additional, industry-only performance on Sunday, November 19 at 4pm at the National Opera Center, NYC. To request tickets contact info@operaprojects.org.




American Opera Projects has developed [and co-commissioned] A Thousand Splendid Suns with a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works, as well as commissioning grants from the New York State Council of the Arts. In addition, Silver received a grant from the Martha Boschen Porter Fund, a Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to support this workshop. She also has received a 2013 Guggenheim as well as a 2014 Opera America Discovery Grant for Female Composers (funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation) to support the opera. Seattle Opera recently received a 2017 Opera America Commissioning Grant for Silver (funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation) and plans to premiere A Thousand Splendid Suns in Spring, 2020.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.


Share with friends

Location

Hudson Area Library

51 North 5th Street

Hudson, NY 12534

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved