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The Doll behind the Curtain - A Chamber Opera



Upcoming release - available starting 6th January 2023
Based on the short story by the same name by Sadeq Hedayat (1903–51), Iran’s first modernist writer, The Doll behind the Curtain is an opera from Iranian-Danish composer Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour and librettist Dominic Power. It explores themes of alienation, the mysteries of human sexuality and the dissonance, both musical and cultural, between East and West and tradition and modernity.
Set in Le Havre and Tehran during the 1930s, the opera tells the story of Mehrdad, a shy Iranian student studying in the French harbour city. After having found a mannequin in a junk shop, he becomes obsessed with its flawless and unchanging beauty and brings it back home to Tehran. His infatuation and inner conflict cause him to destroy his own life and that of his fiancée Bita, struggling to compete with her silent rival.
An original and challenging work of musical theatre, The Doll behind the Curtain was composed in 2015 and is Tafreshipour’s first opera as well as the first Iranian opera with an English libretto. It was premièred in London in 2015 and is here heard in a recording by the team that also performed it at the Royal Danish Opera in 2020.
 
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  Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour
  The Doll behind the Curtain
01 Opening 1'04
 
  Act I 34'26
02 Act I Scene 1. Mehrdad: What is it she wants to tell me? 1'56
03 Act I Scene 2. Maître: One of the pleasures of Le Havre 17'51
04 Act I Scene 3. Tombeau: Giselle! You've sat there for an hour 11'09
05 Act I Scene 4. Mehrdad: No woman I have ever seen 3'30
 
  Act II 33'05
06 Act II Scene 1. Bita: Mehrdad, I call you beloved 7'27
07 Act II Scene 2. Bita: Now it is winter 0'50
08 Act II Scene 3. Mother: Bita, my dear, come 4'13
09 Act II Scene 4. Mehrdad: Bita - Bita: Yes 0'54
10 Act II Scene 5. Father: Ay, this weather 6'42
11 Act II Scene 6. Bita: Is this my rival? 2'52
12 Act II Scene 7. Maître: Every city has its secrets 1'25
13 Act II Scene 8. Mehrdad: Another night in the vortex 8'42
 
  Album total 80'02
ComposerTafreshipour, Amir Mahyar
OrchestraAthelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen
TenorSchwanenflügel, Jonathan von
SopranoDreisig, Marie
Durholm, Signe Sneh
Mezzo-sopranoWiman, Elenor
BassNissen, Per Bach
BaritoneStorm, Thomas
Bass-baritoneJespersen, Jakob Bloch

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