February 05, 2019 10:15
News ID: 4208

(Persia Digest) – The love story of “Pardis and Parisa” composed by Loris Tjeknavorian has gone on stage again at the Vahdat Hall after 45 years.

Loris Tjeknavorian sat among the audience at the Vahdat Hall last night to watch an opera he had composed 46 years ago about a love between Pardis and Parisa who fight an evil demon.

The opera was composed in 1972 and staged for the first time in Vahdat Hall in 1973.


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Tjeknavorian’s work was shown on numerous occasions in countries such as the UK, USA, and Armenia.

Its melodic lines, pleasant characters, and absorbing storyline away from dramatic intricacies make this a pleasant experience for all audiences; so much so that it has kept its freshness as a lasting Iranian opera in the country’s history of music even after four decades. A complexity that arises between Persian literature and Western classical music is the disyllabism of the Persian language and the trisyllabism readings of classical western music which makes the performance of a classical opera in the Persian language always more difficult. Overcoming this necessitates a technical richness on the part of the vocalists which has helped the performers of “Paris and Parisa” to cross this hurdle with great ease.


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Loris Tjeknavorian is an Iranian composer, conductor, author, and painter of Armenian origin. He is a well-known figure of Iranian and Armenian cultures. He was born on 13 October 1937 in Borujerd, Iran. His father was from East Armenia and his mother from West Armenia. They came to Iran during the 1915 Armenian genocide.

Tjeknavorian has conducted many world orchestras, including the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (ANPO), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Liverpool Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra (ECO), and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO).

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