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German director yearns for Iranian classic theater

Photos by Sara Sassani, Mehr News Agency

TEHRAN, April 28 (Mehr News Agency) -- German stage director Nadine Hellriegel said that she is very interested to know more about Iran's theater especially the classic form. Hellrigel is currently in Tehran to stage her dramatic opera, "The Medium", during the 12th International University Theater Festival, which opened on April 25.

Although opera has a specific audience in Germany, it is performed everyday in special theaters and there are independent universities in Germany for teaching opera, she said during a press conference held Monday following a performance of the opera.

"Opera audiences consist of mostly older people, so I made some changes in opera to make a better connection with youth," she said during a press conference.

She said that Iranian students warmly received her performance and they asked her some very penetrating questions about opera.

She said that she is very interested in exchanging information with Iranian artists and that she has enjoyed her interactions with Iranian students during her sojourn in Iran.

"Although I do not know Persian, I related well to two plays I have seen. This demonstrates the power of theater to form relationships that transcend language," she mentioned.

"The Medium" is a short (one hour long) two-act dramatic opera with lyrics and music by Gian Carlo Menotti. Hellriegel's performance is a mixture of classical opera music with modern Rock. The opera tells a story set in the year 1947, which has been modernized with a psychological dimension, telling more about the persons on stage and their histories, added to the original one.

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