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Seattle Opera Weblog: Director’s Outlook: A Thousand Splendid Suns


By Roya Sadat

A Thousand Splendid Suns‘ Stage Director, Roya Sadat, shares her perspective on this new opera and the way it displays the tradition of her native Afghanistan.

Roya Sadat is Afghanistan’s first lady movie and tv producer in the course of the post-Taliban period and the winner of greater than 20 worldwide movie awards, together with the 2021 Kim Dae Jung Nobel Peace Movie Award and the 2018 Worldwide Girls of Braveness Award offered by the USA Division of State. Sadat is among the many BBC’s 100 Inspiring and Influential Girls for 2021. Her three movies—A Letter to the President (’17), Taking part in the Taar (’08), and Three Dots (’03)—have been invited to greater than 60 Worldwide Movie Festivals. A Letter to the President was chosen because the official entry from Afghanistan for the Greatest Overseas Language Movie on the ninetieth Academy Awards. As well as, she has produced eight documentary movies, three tv packages, in addition to a music video.

A Thousand Splendid Suns at Seattle Opera is greater than a efficiency or a present. It’s a story spanning 4 a long time, unfolding on the stage of historic Seattle. By the story, like turning pages of a guide, we observe the colourful historical past of a nation. It’s a stunning tradition that struggle has painted over with a special colour. Although the story facilities an Afghan narrative, its themes are common. Love and sacrifice have a loud voice on this narrative. It speaks of the victory of sunshine over darkness. It’s the message of humanity and the message that the world should hear.

Roya Sadat (proper) with A Thousand Splendid Suns composer, Sheila Silver (left).

Typically I really feel that we artists haven’t but fulfilled our mission correctly. Nations proceed to be linked or separated by way of energy and politics. We principally hear one another’s tales from completely different components of the world by way of information shops, full of shock and trauma. It performs with the destiny of human beings.

However artwork brings hearts and cultures nearer along with love and loyalty. Let’s ask ourselves: how a lot did we, as artists and creators, play a task in introducing completely different cultures to our audiences? Are we celebrating our variations? Are we sharing tales not solely of a tradition’s sorrows, but in addition of their joys?

With A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Seattle Opera is doing simply that. The opera reveals the cycles of a nation. The world is seeing as soon as once more how terrorists invade within the midst of smoke, gunpowder, and weapons. Violence and wars impose their ugliness on the wonder, historical tradition, and the dazzling artwork of this nation. However anger and hatred will be destroyed by the sunshine, love, and affection of the sunshine. Like hundreds of shining suns, the individuals of Afghanistan have at all times stood as much as violence and shouted for freedom and life.

The town of Herat, Afghanistan, the place A Thousand Splendid Suns takes place. Photograph by Ali Mosavi on Unsplash.

Afghanistan is a rustic with an historical historical past, and one of many earliest human civilizations. It’s the land of unfinished love. The land of Rumi. The land of writers, poets, and artists. It’s the land of historic, stunning, and luxurious historical structure. It’s the land of calligraphy, and miniatures. It’s the land of wine.

Forty years of struggle hangs within the superb face of this historical civilization, a darkish mud of violence, hatred, weapons, and bombs. However the thousand shining suns are the messages of affection, braveness, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and the victory of sunshine over darkness.

Seattle Opera’s world premiere of A Thousand Splendid Suns runs Feb. 25–Mar. 11, 2023. Tickets and information at seattleopera.org/suns.



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