the Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch

a coffeehouse opera produced by Dünya

conceived and composed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol
coffeehouse opera concept developed by Robert Labaree

based on:
The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare (1603),
Un Capitano Moro (A Moorish Captain) by Giovanbattista Giraldi (Cinzio) (1565)
Kızlarağası’nın Piçi (The Bastard of the Chief Black Eunuch) by Reşad Ekrem Koçu (1933)

music from 16th and 17th century sources from Europe and Turkey arranged, with original music, by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

script by Robert Labaree
additional Turkish poetry by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

directed by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol


Meddah Hayali [Max Sklar, a speaking role]: a traditional Ottoman coffeehouse storyteller
Sümbül Ağa [Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, tenor]: an aged, retired chief black eunuch of the Ottoman court
Suzan [Camila Parias, soprano]: a European slave girl who becomes the wife of Sümbül
Frenk Mustafa [Michael Barrett, baritone]: Sümbül’s aide, a former European slave
Saadet [Burcu Güleç, contralto]: Suzan’s maid, a Turkish village woman trained in the palace
Michael Barrett, lute, recordersBeth Bahia Cohen, kemane (spike fiddle), violin, çiftetelli (octave violin) • Burcu Güleç, kaşık (wooden spoons), parmak zili (finger cymbals), castanets • Robert Labaree, çeng (Ottoman harp), voice • Carol Lewis, gambaSteven Lundahl, sackbut, trumpet, recorders Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, ud (short-necked lute), ney (cane flute), zurna (double reed pipe) • Dan Stillman, sackbut, trumpet, dulcian • George Lernis and Bertram Lehman, percussion: nekkare (small kettledrums), davul (bass drum), darbuka (hour glass shaped drum), bendir (frame drum), daire (frame drum with bells), gongs, cymbals, talking drum, bombo and kös (large kettledrums)

Date/Time, Locations:
Tuesday, April 7, 8 PM, FREE, New England Conservatory, Brown Hall, Boston, MA
Wednesday, April 8, 8 PM, $15, Harvard University, Holden Chapel, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, April 9, 8 PM, FREE, Smith College, Sweeney Concert Hall, Northampton, MA