The opera ‘Turan Dokht’ (Daughter of Turan) corrects a historical misunderstanding. With their ‘intercultural reconstruction’ composer Aftab Darvishi and director Miranda Lakerveld bring the beloved opera-character Turandot back to her Persian motherland. In Puccini’s version she is a cruel Chinese princess who has her suitors decapitated. In the version by mystic and poet Nizami Ganjavi (1141-1209), she is the wise and beautiful queen of Turan. With this epic narrative and Puccini’s music in mind, Aftab Darvishi and Miranda Lakerveld wrote a new opera with authentic Iranian elements. With the Nilper Orchestra, the only chamber orchestra for newly composed music in Iran, and mezzo soprano Ekaterina Levental and tenor Arash Roozbehi in the leading roles, the daughter of Turan will be shown as you have never seen her before. Turan Dokht premiered on 24 February 2019 in the iconic Azadi tower in Tehran and will play at the Holland Festival 2019.