The Doll Behind the Curtain - A Chamber Opera in two acts

The Doll Behind the Curtain - A Chamber Opera in two acts

 First Iranian Contemporary Chamber Opera with an English Libretto

Based on a short story by 'Sadegh Hedayat' (1903-1951)

Music: Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour  

Libretto: Dominic Power



Mehrdad, Son of the Family (Lyric Tenor)

Maître, Mehdad’s School Master (Baritone)

Tombeau, Shopkeeper (Basso Largo)

Giselle, Shopkeepers Daughter (young Soprano)

Bita, Mehrdad’s fiancé (Dramatic Soprano)

Mother, Mehrdad’s Mother (Mezzo Soprano, D'Agilità)

Father, Mehrdad’s Father (Baritone)

The Doll, Statue (Young Dancer)



 ‘A modern operatic staged adaptation of Sadegh Hedayat’s short story of the same title’

‘The Doll behind the curtain’, is an intense and imaginative story of a young man’s fascination for a silent statue behind a boutique window. Captivated by her mysterious beauty, he carries the statue back to Iran, where his infatuation and inner conflict leads him to an act which will destroy his own life and the life of his fiancée who has struggled to compete with her silent rival. 

The libretto and scenario is written by Dominic Power (Head of Screen Arts - National Film and Television School and a librettist for both opera and theatre).


London Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Kings Place 6 & 7 August 2015.