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Seattle Opera brings the story of Afghan women to the stage

The Seattle Opera has premiered a new opera based on the best-selling novel “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini.

The opera tells the story of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, who are brought together under the harsh rule of the Taliban. Mariam is a young woman who is forced to marry a much older man, Jalil, as a second wife. Laila is a teenage girl who is orphaned during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

The opera explores the themes of love, loss, and resilience in the face of oppression. It has been praised for its powerful performances and moving music.

The opera is directed by Afghan filmmaker Roya Sadat. Sadat said that she wanted to create a production that would raise awareness about the plight of Afghan women.

“The key message of the opera is about women and love,” Sadat said. “It’s about the power of women who raise their voices and stand up for themselves The opera has been well-received by critics and audiences alike. It has been praised for its powerful performances, moving music, and important message.

The opera is a reminder of the strength and resilience of Afghan women. It is a powerful story that will stay with audiences long after they leave the theater.