America’s next opera is about the entry banmain
We reported in January about the UK-Iranian composer Soosan Lolavar who had been told she could not re-enter the US to witness the premiere of her first opera, ID, Please.
Since then, the travel ban has been eased to allow dual nationals with a British passport to enter the US. Ms Lolavar is presently in Pittsburgh, attending the premiere this weekend.
Three lines from her libretto seem extraordinarily timely:
I clutch my passport so hard my hand hurts /I’m never going back to where I’m from / I do not like the way you look at me like that.