Iran stages Carmen for women-only audience

Iran stages Carmen for women-only audience


norman lebrecht

December 26, 2018

They can’t resist the world’s most popular opera.

From the Tehran Times:

TEHRAN – The all-female troupe Shiftegan Del plans to go on stage at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on January 4 to perform the opera “Carmen”, French composer Georges Bizet’s tale of love, jealousy and murder.

This is the first time the opera is performed in Iran after the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, soprano singer Shahla Milani told the Persian service of ILNA on Monday.

She is also the director of the Melal Vocal Ensemble, which will accompany the troupe in the performance.

“It’s difficult to perform the opera. Women are scheduled to play the roles of the male characters because this opera has been arranged exclusively for an audience of women. Women with alto voices have been selected to star as men,” Milani said.

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  • Harrumph says:

    How utterly idiotic.

  • Fliszt says:

    And their next production will be Billy Budd.

  • John Borstlap says:

    What a crazy comments…. ignorant of what it means to live in an islamitic state which is, in fact, a dictatorship, a theocracy. It is admirable that these women set-up such project and got it done at all.