An Iranian singer whose voice was regarded as one of his country’s national treasures — and who then ran afoul of the regime — has died. Mohammad Reza Shajarian, a master performer who was hailed as one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices of all time, was 80 years old. He earned the title of ostad — master — and was beloved for his commanding voice that could cry with haunting pain and soar with deep soul.
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