GLENDALE — Lark Musical Society will bring to life Anoush, the opera that defined the Armenian nation at the prestigious Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena on May 23, 24, 30, 31.
This immortal ballad written by HovhannesTumanyan was turned into opera by Armen Tigranian. The plot is familiar to us. A tale of Armenian lovers caught up in the tumult of human impulses and social mores. Anoush falls in love with her brother’s friend Saro, a shepherd. Mossi and Saro are at a wedding celebration and they are encouraged to have a friendly wrestle together. Mossi becomes enraged when Saro tries to impress Anoush by pinning Mossi during the match – violating the local code of honor and humiliating his friend. Mossi’s boundless rage ends when he shoots Saro. The heartbroken Anoush cannot live without her love, Saro. Her pain ends when she throws herself into the rivers which flow from the mountains where she met Saro.
Dates: May 23, 31
Anoush – Hasmik Papyan
Saro – Yeghishe Manucharian
Mossi – Boghos Biazbekian
May 24, 30
Anoush – Shoushik Barsoumian
Saro – Berj Karazian
Mossi – ArshakKuzikyan
Director – Hovhannes Hov-hannessian
Artistic Director – Vatsche Barsoumian
The genocide has in many ways defined the last 100 years of Armenian identity. Lark is bringing Anoush Opera to help fuel our unbroken spirit to live on and thrive in the Los Angeles community. The language of arts is a powerful tool of expression to all people of good nature to join our cause and take pride in the Armenian identity.
Tickets are available at Lark Musical Society by phone 818.500.9997, at www.itsmyseat.com, or at Abril Bookstore.