How a Novel Becomes an Opera: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Composer Sheila Silver is a recipient of a 2013-2014 Guggenheim Fellowship.

On Thursday, September 28 at 6pm learn how an opera is created. Join us for “A Thousand Splendid Suns: Turning a Novel into an Opera Libretto,” presented by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos. It is a backstage, nuts and bolts look at how all the pieces come together. And it’s free.


To listen to the interview from a recent WGXC Morning Show of Kitsakos and Silver discussing the making of this opera with radio host Mat Tombers CLICK HERE.

Librettist Stephen Kitsakos is a theatre writer and director whose work often revolves around sacred texts.

Khaled Hosseini’s novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns has had great success with more than 30 million copies sold world-wide. Sheila Silver decided to pursue the storyline as the basis for an opera and traveled to India to study Hindustani music in order to add authenticity to the score.

Stephen Kitsakos had the challenge, as librettist, of a story that included religion, hatred, brutality, war and hope. These challenges and the journey from novel to completed opera that will be performed by Seattle Opera in 2020 will be discussed by Silver and Kitsakos at the Thursday program.

The event is one of several being held in advance of the workshop presentation of A Thousand Splendid Suns: The Opera – Act II on Saturday, November 18 at 1pm and 4pm – complete with 6 singers and 7 musicians. Also scheduled are a Humanities NY Reading & Discussion Series: Muslim Journeys with Karuna Foudriat (already filled), a Book Group discussion of the A Thousand Splendid Suns (November 8, 4pm) and the screening of Act I – performed as a workshop last year at Trinity Church in Manhattan (November 9, 6pm).

All events are free to the public but, due to the level of interest in this series, reservations are requested. Contact or call (518) 828-1792 x101. For reservations to the Act II workshop performances on November 18 CLICK HERE