January 19, 2007
performed by Alina Tamborini, Catherine Sandstedt, Morgan Manifacier, Nhi Huynh, and Sheila Silver (conductor)
Instrumentation: Chamber Opera for Two Sopranos, Tenor, and Piano
Premiere: May 2, 2018 - Alina Tamborini, Catherine Sandstedt, Morgan Manifacier, and Nhi Huynh - Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
On January 19, 2007, Turkish-Armenian journalist and political activist Hrant Dink was assassinated outside the office of his newspaper Agos in Istanbul. He was killed by a Turkish nationalist for his efforts to speak out about taboo issues in Turkish society, including minority rights, the reconciliation of Armenians and Turks, and democratization. In the first scene, Hrant Dink's wife Rakel, daughter Sera, and son Ararat recall the day Hrant was shot, with words based on interviews of his family and friends from a biography by Tuba Çandar. In the second scene, the Dink family addresses a crowd at the protest march after Hrant's funeral, where two hundred thousand mourners have gathered on the streets chanting “We are all Hrant. We are all Armenians.”
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