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Monir Vakili

Compiled by Javaneh Khodabakhsh
Updated June 1, 2005
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Monir Vakili was born in Tabriz, Iran, to a family of art and music enthusiasts. Her father encouraged her love of opera and supported her decision to study abroad. Monir studied voice and the conservatoire National de Paris and continued her training in opera directing at the New England Conservatory of Music in the U.S.

A pioneer in the true sense, Monir Started the very first opera company in Iran. She gave memorable performances as Madam Butterfly, Mimi in La Bohem, Violetta in La Traviata, Liu in Turandot, and many others at the Rudaki Hall where she strived to bring the level of art history in Iran up to international standards.

Among many other highlights in her illustrious career she produced and hosted a television series featuring the best selections from Rudaki Hall; created an opera film festival which was the first of its kind in the world and established the Academy of Voice, a government-funded, co-ed boarding school to educate and train students in the art of opera and choral singing.

In 1951 Monir placed 1st at the Berlin Youth Festival (vocal category) and in 1975 she was the recipient of the prestigious Forough Farrokhzad Award.

Throughout Monir’s life, her love for her country permeated all of her work. A manifestation of this love is al album recorded in Paris in 1958, of songs from different regions of Iran. She dazzled the public and international critics with her performance, and the album, Chants et Danses de Perses, won the Grand Prix du Disque of Academie Charles Cros.

Monir passed away in 1983. The memory of her ever-lasting spirit and talent lives on in Baazgasht ("Resurrection"), an innovative rendition of the 1958 award-winning album with the help of modern technology, Monir’s daughter and grandchildren were able to accompany her in this stunning collection 45 years later. -- From Resurrection CD's inside sleave.

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Sample tracks

* Gol-e Gandom
* Lor Batch-e
* Dokhtar-e Boyer Ahmadi
* To Biyo
* Pach-e Leyli

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