We the Innumerable

2021

Composer:
Niloufar Nourbakhsh

Librettist:
Lisa Flanagan

Composer website:
https://niloufarnourbakhsh.com/listen/opera/

Composer contact:
niloufar.nourbakhsh@gmail.com

Performance forces:
2 soprano, tenor, bass — cl, vln, vc, pno, perc, santour, electronics — chorus of Tenor and Bass (at least 4 performers)

Length:
1:06

Languages:
English and Persian

Notes:
After the 2009 presidential election in Tehran, Iran, Roya and her husband, Siavash, become targets of the state for participating in nationwide protests against the election result. Siavash is murdered, and Roya is imprisoned and put under extreme pressure to record a confessional stating that her husband was a Revolutionary Guard force who was killed by the enemies of the state. The opera is the heroic journey of an Iranian woman who protects the truth in the face of fear and violence.