October 17, 2019


Niloufar Talebi in conversation with Tamim Ansary

San Francisco Center for the Book

7 PM

May 9-12, 2019

Abraham in Flames opera world premiere

Z Space, San Francisco

May 4-5, 2019

Bay Area Book Festival

“Literature Can Save Your Life”

In conversation with Rebecca Foust and Jill Bialosky

Berkeley, CA

April 13, 2019

Reading/Signing of Self-Portait in Bloom

Left Coast Writers @ Book Passage

51 Tamal Vista Blvd.

Corte Madera, CA 94925

7 PM

March 29, 2019

Don’t you Dare Say a Word: Censotship and its Silencing

AWP Conference

Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Portland, OR

10:30-11:45 AM

March 28, 2019

Translators are the Unacknowledged Ambassadors of the World

AWP Conference

Oregon Ceonvention Center, Level 1

Portland, OR

9-10:15 AM

March 28, 2019

Publication day of Self-Portrait in Bloom!

March 9, 2019

TedxBerkeley Presenter


Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA

February 9, 2019

Private house concert with YWCP chorus

Selections from Abraham in Flames

San Francisco

November 1, 2018

The American Literary Translators Association conference

“My First Time: Performing and Translating First Time Authors”

Bloomington, Indiana

March 7-10, 2018

Association of Writers and Writing Professionals

Presenting on the panel, “The Whole Truth”

Tampa, FL

October 5-8, 2017

American Literary Translators Association

Presenting on the panel, “The Whole Truth”

Minneapolis, MN

September 30 - October 4, 2017

Abraham in Flames opera workshop

Public performances October 3-4

Wilsey Center for Opera

401 Van Ness Ave, 4th floor Education Studio

San Francisco

September 25, 2017

Professional Development presentation to educators

on the making of Abraham in Flames

in partnership with the San Francisco Opera Education Department

Wilsey Center for Opera

401 Van Ness Ave, conference room

San Francisco

This is a pre-registered event

4:30 PM

May 31, 2017

Work-in-Progress presentation of Abraham in Flames

San Francisco International Arts Festival

Fort Mason, Gallery 308

San Francisco

8 PM - Tix $12.50-$28

May 21, 2017

“Abraham in Flames: From Persian Poetry to American Opera”

A talk by Niloufar Talebi

Berkeley Lecture Series

170 Barrows Hall

University of CA, Berkeley

5:30 PM

March 16, 2017

Screening of The Persian Rite of Spring: the story of Nowruz

at “Unfolding Norooz at CSUF

The Iranian Student Association at Cal State Fullerton event

Titan Student Union

8-9:30 PM


March 15, 2017

Publication of Vis & I

October 6-9, 2016

Bilingual reading from Vis & I (l’Aleph, March 2017)

Panelist (From Translation to Performance)

American Literary Translators Association

Oakland, CA

January 15, 2016

Epiphany: The Cycle of Life

VIA Ferus Festival

National Sawdust

80 North 6th street

Brooklyn, NY 11249

$25 General Admission

7 PM

November 4-7, 2015

Epiphany: The Cycle of Life

BAM Next Wave Festival 2015

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Brooklyn, New York

September 29, 2015

Abraham in Flames libretto-in-progress event

Intersection for the Arts 50th Anniversary The Circle Festival

925 Mission Street, SF


7 PM

May 3 and 10, 2015

The Plentiful Peach - with composer Mark Grey

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Pasadena Presbyterian Church

585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Call 626/793-4231 for tix

7 PM

April 19, 2015

World Premiere

The Plentiful Peach - with composer Mark Grey

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Stanford Live

2:30 PM

April 11, 2015

The Living Libretto: Once Upon a Time

Public reading of libretto-in-progress

National Opera Center, NYC

March 10, 2015

Librettist talk

San Francisco Opera Guild

Open to members only

November 20 - 21, 2014

Ensemble/concert performance of “The Investment”, a one-act opera

Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,

Terrace Theater, 7:30 PM

2700 F Street, NW Washington, D.C.

June 16, 2014

Piano/concert performance of “The Disinherited,” a one-act opera

American Lyric Theater InsightALT Opera Festival

Symphony Space, NYC

May 14, 2014

The Persian Cycle (working title)

Librettist spotlight

10 PM, $15 at the door day of event

FERUS Festival curated by VisionIntoArt at the Stone Residency

The Stone, corner of Avenue C and 2nd Ave, NYC

April 2, 2014

Living Libretto: Opera in Eden

Public reading of “The Disinherited,” a one-act opera

National Opera Center

330 7th Ave (7th floor), NYC

7:30 PM, $20

March 20 - 21, 2014

Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels)

Robert Spano Conductor

Music composed by Mark Grey

With Soprano Jessica Rivera, and tenor Stuart Skelton

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Pre-concert talk on stage Thursday March 20, 7-7:30 PM

Pre-concert talk in the Circle Room, Friday March 21, 6-8 PM

October 30 - November 3, 2013

Layla Means Night

ODC Theater, San Francisco

7 and 9 PM shows every night

September 18, 2013

American Lyric Theater Resident Artist Salon

National Opera Center

7 PM


August 17, 2013

Party and preview of Layla Means Night

The Electric Lodge

Venice, CA

7:30 PM

January 22, 2013

Ecstacy and the Persian Spirit

Performance of Love, Carnal and Divine

with Bernard Radfar, Majid Naficy, and Niloufar Talebi (with Bobak Salehi)

In conjunction with Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews at UCLA

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

7:30 PM, FREE

October 12 - November 10, 2012

everyonedies installation

Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead exhibit

SOMArts Gallery

934 Brannan street

San Francisco

September 2012

Workshop premiere of Epiphany

Video excerpts by Ali Hossaini

Mediations Biennale, Poznań, Poland

March 22, 2012

Persian Rite of Spring screening

Persian Arts Festival Norooz Celebration

in collaboration with City Lore, and Bowery Arts + Sciences

featuring the POEMobile

VII Gallery, 28 Jay street, DUMBO Brooklyn

7 PM Sharp!

March 16, 2012

Persian Rite of Spring screening

Iranian Student Organization Nowruz event

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

7 PM

March 15, 2012

Persian Rite of Spring screening

Farhang Foundation Nowruz celebrations

Pasadena Scottish Rite Center

150 North Madison Avenue

Pasadena, CA

6:30 PM

February 4, 2012

Nowruz - Persian Rite of Spring

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

December 3, 2011

Against Longing/Belonging: An evening with Niloufar Talebi and Bobak Salehi

California Institute of Integral Studies

Namaste Hall, 1453 Mission Street, 3rd floor in San Francisco

April 3, 2011

Co-commissioned by and West coast premiere

Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels)

CAL Performances, SF Bay Area

3 PM, Hertz Hall

March 29, 2011

Co-commissioned by and World premier at Carnegie Hall

Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels)

Music by Mark Grey

Original libretto by Niloufar Talebi

7:30 PM, Zankel Hall

March 26, 2011

The Persian Rite of Spring

DVDs available, Persian Arts Festival Nowruz event

6-10 PM

March 20, 2011

The Persian Rite of Spring screening

Stanford Persian Student Association Nowruz event

4 PM

March 19, 2011

DVD signing The Persian Rite of Spring

Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum

12-5 PM

March 18, 2011

Screening of The Persian Rite of Spring DVD

Cal State Long Beach conference:

“Life and Identity in Asian Contact Zones’

Time TBA

March 15, 2011

The Persian Rite of Spring DVD

DVDs available at the Berkeley

Persian Center New Year Festival

6-9 PM

March 13, 2011

DVD signing The Persian Rite of Spring

Los Angeles County Museum of Art store

Farhang Foundation Norouz day


March 12, 2011

Screening of The Persian Rite of Spring DVD

Orange County Performing Art Center

followed by DVD signing

FREE, time TBA

June 12, 2010

Performing LOVE

‘Iranian Cultural Village’ Family Arts Festival

Riverside Theatre, Harlem, NYC

FREE festival from 2-9 PM, Performance at 7 PM

April 25, 2010

Performing Poetic Gifts from Iran at Reza Badiyi tribute

Royce Hall, University of CA, Los Angeles


March 17, 2010

Poetry on the Move: Transmitting our Stories

Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles

7 PM

March 14, 2010

World Premiere - The Persian Rite of Spring

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater

12 Noon

January - May 2010

Teaching “Muslim Diasporas” and “West Asian Literature and Film” at City University Hunter College, NYC

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