Sharon's Salon: The Making of an Opera

GENINT 731.470

Osher (50+). In this course, Sharon Boorstin of the Los Angeles Times interviews composer Sheila Silver, librettist Stephen Kitsakos, and stage director Roya Sadat, to explore the process of bringing the opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns, to life.


About this course:

It took award-winning classical music composer Sheila Silver nearly 10 years to create an opera of A Thousand Splendid Suns, based on the bestselling novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini, who also wrote The Kite Runner. In February 2023, the Seattle Opera will present the opera’s world premiere. In this interview, we meet the opera’s composer Sheila Silver, librettist Stephen Kitsakos, and stage director Roya Sadat to explore the process that brought this opera to life. Among the challenges was securing Ms. Sadat, an Afghan filmmaker named one of BBC’s “100 Women for 2021,” for the position. She was fortunate to be in the U.S. editing one of her films when the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in 2021 and confiscated her home and business. We show clips from the Seattle Opera world premiere production. This course will be recorded.  Students will have access to the video for 30 days.

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