Shahram Nazeri is a contemporary Iranian tenor who sings classical music. The New York Times has dubbed him the "Persian Nightingale" and the Christian Science Monitor has called him "Iran’s Pavarotti".
Born in a Kurdish family, he was the first vocalist to set Rumi’s poetry to Persian music thirty-five years ago, thus establishing a tradition of Sufi music within both Persian classical music and Kurdish music. His music was instrumental in introducing Western musical audiences to both Sufism and to the poetry of Rumi.
Most recently he was awarded with Chevalier des Arts et Lettres medal from the government of France for his lifetime achievements in Iranian traditional music.
Nazeri will be accompanied with an orchestra of 24 on stage at the Sydney Lyric Theatre for one night only on Saturday 22 July at 8pm.
Duration: 2 hours (this includes one interval)