Roya Sadaat, a director and filmmaker, has presented the Afghan life experience to the global audience through her opera “A Thousand Splendid Suns” for the very first time.
On Saturday, the Seattle Opera premiered the play “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, which was directed by Roya Sadaat and based on the novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini.
In an interview with Hasht-e Subh, Roya Sadaat explained that the opera is essentially a cinematic production that spans approximately two hours and forty minutes, featuring the film adaptation of A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Roya Sadaat stated that the production of A Thousand Splendid Suns in the USA began around the same time as the fall of Herat to the Taliban, which ultimately influenced the overall structure of the opera as it is currently presented. She explained that as a result of this event, she decided to move away from the use of surreal elements and modern special effects, and instead focus on portraying the realities of Afghan society, which she believes is more important.
Sadadt mentioned that she spent two years working on the production of the opera, and that directing it for the first time was an engaging and demanding experience.
In addition to conveying a tale of animosity and remorse, she also conveyed a message of “the strength of womanhood, selflessness, and resilience” on the grand stage of the Seattle Opera in the United States.
It is the first instance of an Afghan narrative being presented on global stages in the form of an opera.
The show’s central narrative is based on A Thousand Splendid Suns, a novel by Afghan author Khalid Hosseini. The book encompasses tales of Afghan society from the 1960s and 70s, civil wars, as well as the Taliban’s rise to power and subsequent rule over the nation. Through the staging of this story, the production offers a unique and profound insight into Afghanistan’s recent history and its people’s experiences.