BHUTTO

CREATIVE TEAM

Music MOHAMMED FAIROUZ

Libretto MOHAMMED HANIF AND MOHAMMED FAIROUZ

Direction KEVIN NEWBURY

Dramaturgy CORI ELLISON

Featuring NATHAN GUNN

ABOUT

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.

 

SUPPORT

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.

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PRESS

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 

666 Ocean Ave, #D1 Brooklyn, NY 11226

 Tel: 646.682.7181

© 2018 Beth Morrison Projects

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