This presentation of A Thousand Splendid Suns is made possible by American Opera Projects and the National Endowment for the Arts. Performed by a cast of National & International opera singers, Key West audiences can participate in a performance of a work-in-progress performed at The Studios of Key West in January.
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
Christopher Cooley, Piano
Frank Cohen, Trombone
Anne Sophie Andersen, Violin
Steve Gorn, Bansuri Flute
Jonathan Singer, Tabla
Hikaru Tamaki, Cello
Performance will be approx. 1 hour, 30 mins.
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A workshop performance of the opera adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner, has sold over 40 million books worldwide. Suns explores the role of women in contemporary Afghanistan and confronts the issues facing two women living in Kabul, and married to the same man, under the yoke of a patriarchal culture. Containing two Islamic heroines, it’s a fascinating, and inspiring story that explores religious extremism and the role of mothers and their daughters in this society.
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). Her works have been commissioned and performed by the American Composers Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tanglewood, the RAI Orchestra of Rome, the Seattle Symphony and the Lithuanian State Symphony. Winner of the 2007 Raymond & Beverly Sackler Prize in Music Composition for The Wooden Sword, her honors include the Rome Prize, the American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters Composer Award and the ISCM National Composers Competition.
Based in Key West, writer Stephen Kitsakos’ works include librettos for The Wooden Sword (2009) and The White Rooster: A Tale of Compassion (2010) for the Smithsonian. His libretto for A Thousand Splendid Suns was commissioned by AOP, with support from the New York State Council of the Arts. A contributing writer to the magazine The Sondheim Review, and the compendium Music in American Life (ABC-CLIO), he is the author of the novel The Accidental Pilgrim, published in March, 2015 by ASD Publishing.