Music MOHAMMED FAIROUZ
Direction KEVIN NEWBURY
Dramaturgy CORI ELLISON
Featuring NATHAN GUNN
She was a fighter. She was a politician. She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was a prime minister. She was a traditionalist. She was an innovator. She was a bridge builder. She was a ceiling breaker. She was a force of nature. She was the first woman to lead a modern Muslim state. She was, by the definition of her name, “without comparison.”
Born into a political dynasty, Benazir Bhutto never sought a life in politics. But as the eldest child of charismatic Pakistani leader Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, she became his political heir following a military coup and his subsequent judicial assassination in 1979 by his Army Chief of Staff. “This is not the life I chose; it chose me,” she wrote.
BHUTTO traces Benazir’s political awakening at her father’s side and her coming into her own as both a politician and as a woman. We witness Benazir’s ascent to power, her tragic downfall and her lasting legacy. The opera tells the story of father and daughter, of East and West, of the conflict between political responsibility and maternal love, of dictatorship and democracy, of terrorism and tolerance.
Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Pittsburgh Opera, Judy and Allen Freedman, Jane A. Gross, Linda & Stuart Nelson, the Howard and Sarah D Solomon Foundation. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts - ArtWorks. Developed by BMP, Pittsburgh Opera, and Lyric Theatre @Illinois.
PRAISE FOR MOHAMMED FAIROUZ
“One of the most talented composers of his generation”
- BBC World News
“… an important new artistic voice”
- New York Times
Live recording from 21c Liederabend Op. 3 @ BAM NextWave Festival 2013
Featuring Rachel Calloway, Chris Burchett, Timur Bekbosunov and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Conducted by Julian Wacher