The Fairies : an English Opera setting of Persian poetry by Ahmad Shamlu (Music, 2020) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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The Fairies : an English Opera setting of Persian poetry by Ahmad Shamlu

Author: Sheida GharachedaghiMonica WhicherRobert DirsteinPaul CoatesOwen UnderhillAll authors
Publisher: Amsterdam : Persian Dutch Network, 2020.
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Material Type: Music
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Sheida Gharachedaghi; Monica Whicher; Robert Dirstein; Paul Coates; Owen Underhill; Ahmad Karimi-Hakkah; Aḥmad Shāmlū; Ensemble of Toronto.
OCLC Number: 1203936094
Notes: Engelse vertaling van het originele Perzisch: Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak.
"'The Fairies' [Pariya] is the first Persian (Iranian) opera with an English libretto. It is an operatic adaptation of the eponymous poem by Ahmad Shamlu, who is known as the 'Master Poet of Liberty' in Persia. The poem is an allegory of freedom and slavery, and of the complex dependence of absolute human values on particular traditions and cultures. The entirely original score, to which this work is set, was composed by Sheida Gharachedaghi and premiered in Toronto, as an opera-ballet directed by Azadeh Moayedi, in 1989. Gharachedaghi, for years, attempted to release the work in Tehran but, due to the official ban on solo female singing - imposed by the regime since the 1979 Islamic Revolution - she was unable. 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of Ahmad Shamlu's death and, in commemoration, the Amsterdam-based Persian Dutch Network released the 1989 live recording of "The Fairies" for the first time. - Illustrated English booklet is included in the package."--Back cover of CD
Performer(s): UITV.: Monica Whicher (sopraan) ; Robert Dirstein (tenor) ; Paul Coates (bariton) ; Ensemble of Toronto ; Hisor Ensemble of Tajikistan ; Owen Underhill (dirigent).
Event notes: Opname: Live 1989.
Description: 1 compact disc. ; 14,2 x 12,4 cm
Responsibility: Sheida Gharachedaghi.
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