“Aşk-ı Memnu” is an opera in two acts with a score by famous Turkish contemporary composer Selman Ada over a libretto by Tarık Günersel. The opera had its premiere during İzmir Opera’s 2009-2010 season and will also be staged as the opening performance of the upcoming season. Composer Ada will be directing the İzmir Opera during the Gijon performance, scheduled for Sept. 2 at the Teatro Jovellanos.
The opera -- and the novel it is based on -- looks at the decaying social and family values in Turkey through the lives of an upper crust family made up of well-off idlers towards the end of the 19th century as the more traditional Turkish family structure faces change amid modernization through the adoption of a Western lifestyle.
In addition to “Aşk-ı Memnu,” the İzmir Opera will also present a ballet production choreographed over Carl Orff’s world-famous “Carmina Burana” during its Gijon stint, which comes as part of the city’s annual Antonio Medio season, a program of cultural activities organized by Teatro Jovellanos, the Anatolia news agency reported. “Carmina Burana” will be staged two times, on the nights of Sept. 4 and 5, at Teatro Jovellanos.