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Giver of Light
A world premiere opera from 2013, inspired by the real life events of the 13th-century Sufi mystic poet, Rumi, with musical score and libretto by Adam Roberts, electronic score by Anil Çamci, stage direction by Andrew Eggert.
Rumi’s life was forever changed after an encounter with the wandering mystic, the Shams of Tabriz. Shams disappeared, and Rumi spiraled into a deep sorrow, giving birth to much of the poetry we know today. Roberts’ present-day, American Midwest reimagination of the story breaks down and explores our various assumptions about what love is, who it can be between, and asks of us how intimately is love linked to sexuality.