Saturday, November 18, at 1pm and 4pm the library, in collaboration with American Opera Projects First Chance, will present a workshop performance of Act II of the new opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns, by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos, based on the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini .
A Thousand Splendid Suns is scheduled for a World Premiere by the Seattle Opera in 2020.
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.
Admission is free but seating is limited, to reserve your seat now CLICK HERE.
There will be three additional special programs leading up to the Act II performance:
- Thursday, September 28 at 6 pm the composer and librettist will speak on “A Thousand Splendid Suns: Turning A Novel into an Opera Libretto”.
- Wednesday, November 8 at 4pm our library Book Group will be discussing the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns.
- Thursday, November 9 at 6pm, prior to Saturday’s performance, there will be a screening of the workshop performance of Act I of the opera.
To reserve seats for any of these three events email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 828-1792 x101.
The live performance of Act II will feature singers: Maya Lahyani, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ron Lloyd, Ian McCuen; and 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
For more information on this performance and the opera CLICK HERE.