Presented by Washington National Opera
Fri, Jan 13 at 7:30pm
Sun, Jan 15 at 2pm
The Dictator’s Wife
In this bitingly satirical operatic work, the glamorous yet tormented wife of a once-powerful dictator bemoans that she is now having to answer for all of the terrible atrocities committed by her husband, who has “taken to cowering in the bathroom” as the country falls apart.
Hailed as “an important new artistic voice” (The New York Times), young American composer-on-the-rise Mohammed Fairouz and prominent Pakistani writer/librettist Mohammed Hanif–whose collaborative opera Bhuttohas just been selected for a world premiere at Pittsburgh Opera–will develop this new production based on Hanif’s critically acclaimed play of the same title. The Dictator’s Wife will be conducted by Nicole Paiement (WNO’s The Little Prince).