The story, written by Hovhannes Toumanian, tells of a young girl (Anoush) and Saro, a young boy who falls in love with her. During a "friendly" wrestling bout Saro defeats Anoush's brother (Mossy) instead of letting him win as per the prevailing custom..in one adaptation, it is intentional, but otherwise it happens because Saro gets carried away during the game. Anyway.....honour is breached and the brother finally shoots Saro dead. Anoush is mad with grief and finally ends her life.
The show opens at Yerevan's Opera House. The camera then goes outdoors to various locations to the landscapes of Armenia, to near Biblical Mount Ararat, to Datev Monastery, Jermuk Falls, and then to other monasteries and locations. The final scene shows a return to the Opera House for the closing curtain.
ARMEN DIKRANIAN: was born in 1879 in Alexandropol(Leninakan)now Gyumri, and died in 1950. He was educated in Tbilisi, where, in 1887, he won an audition for admission to the conservatory.
After the 1905 revolution, when the Armenian schools were reopened by Czarist regime. Dikranian became teacher of music . It was at this time that he became acquainted with the text of Hovhannes Toumanian’s Anoush , and was inspired to write a national opera. The actual composition was begun in 1908 and finished in 1912, when it was first performed. But the opera as we now know it is the result of periodic changes and elaborations not actually completed until
Anush’s voice is by Egyptian-Armenian opera singer KOHAR KASPARIAN
(Emigrated to Armenia in 1948)
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Anoush Opera Part one
Edited by Maral, 29 January 2008 - 02:39 PM.