Turkish classic on opera stage headed for Spain

August 27, 2010, Friday/ 16:14:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
An operatic rendition of “Aşk-ı Memnu” (Forbidden Love), the well-known classic Turkish novel by Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil, will be staged in Spain next month when the İzmir State Opera and Ballet travels to the city of Gijon for performances as part of a cultural program in the northern coastal city.
“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.

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