Cities of Salt – ROH

Details can be found here: http://www.roh.org.uk/events/9yx9p

Prize-winning Syrian composer Zaid Jabri presents a concert performance of four scenes from his new opera Cities of Salt. Writers Yvette Christiansë and Rosalind Morris provide the libretto, adapted from Peter Theroux’s translation of the seminal novel of the same title by Abdelrahman Munif. The opera is written for full orchestra with 12 soloists and chorus; this previous will feature scenes from each of the opera’s three acts, introduced by the esteemed Jordanian-British actor Nadim Sawalha.

Jabri’s music for Cities of Salt skillfully draws on Arab and European musical traditions, infusing the Western symphonic tradition with a sense of the Middle East through the use of microtones and vernacular traditions. His intelligent score brings this modern and timely tale to life in all its poignancy and violence.