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Niloufar Talebi

San Francisco, CA         

Niloufar Talebi is a writer, award-winning translator, and multidisciplinary artist. Her work as librettist includes, Atash Sorushan (Fire Angels), Epiphany: A Requiem, The Plentiful Peach, and The Investment, The Disinherited, and as creator/performer, ICARUS/RISE, and The Persian Rite of Spring. She is the Editor/Translator of the bilingual BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, 2008) and Vis & I (l’Aleph, 2017).

Her work has been commissioned by and presented at Stanford Live, Cal Performances, Carnegie Hall, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Vision into Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Washington National Opera @ the Kennedy Center, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She was an Artist in Residence with the American Lyric Theater Composer Librettist Development Program (2014-2015), and the Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative (2015). She is the recipient of 5 translation awards, including a PEN/NYSCA translation prize,  and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. Other awards include two (2) San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist grants, and a Creative Work Fund award.  

Atash Sorushan (Fire Angels)

Excerpt of the chamber version of a song cycle (36 min) commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, and Meet the Composer for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. A tale of two larger-than-life beings, each convinced of their supreme power. In an all out collision, they seek to prove who the greater is. As their outward mighty facades crumble, the truth is revealed: in our moments of vulnerability, we are ONE.

Commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra into a longer orchestral work with the addition of heldentenor Stuart Skelton (2014).

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Epiphany (Requiem) at BAM Next Wave Festival

A requiem created by visual/film creator Ali Hossaini, composer Paola Prestini, and librettist Niloufar Talebi. Sung by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City at the BAM Next Wave Festival 2015. Co-commissioned by VisionIntoArt.

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ICARUS/RISE (trailer)

Contemporary Iranian Poetry dramatized by Creator/Translator/Narrator Niloufar Talebi, Composer/Performer Bobak Salehi, and ensemble. Dramaturgy by Zack Rogow (52 min in full).

World premiere November 2007 at Theatre Artaud in San Francisco. Based on poetry in BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (North Atlantic Books, 2008) Edited/Translated by Niloufar Talebi.

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