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In the new production of "Salome" Michiel Dijkema not only directed, but also designs the sets. // In the new production of "Salome", Michiel Dijkema not only directed, but so designs the sets.
After two decades of performing operas all over the world, Michael Robert Hendrick always looks forward to coming home to the place where it all began.
Classic tale of tragic clown starts opera season this weekend
PAGLIACCI, by Ruggero Leoncavallo at the Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. Premieres 8 p.m. Oct. 31; continues through Nov. 15. Tickets $19-$125. 366-8450; www.sarasotaopera.org.
Dr. Nir, who has a house in Springs, is a Holocaust survivor whose father was killed by German soldiers in 1941. His memoir details his survival, along with his mother and sister, and their return to Poland in 1945.
Janice Hamer: Who should we forgive? Who can ask for forgiveness? Is it appropriate for Germans to wish for the forgiveness of survivors; the guy wasn’t born during the war. Another issue is revenge, what does it mean to take revenge?
“Lost Childhood’s” powerful libretto was inspired by the friendship between Dr. Nir, a New York psychiatrist and professor emeritus at Cornell Medical School, and Gottfried Wagner, a great-grandson of composer Richard Wagner, which developed after they met at a Holocaust conference. They are portrayed in the opera by tenor Michael Hendrick as Judah and baritone Chris Pedro Trakas as Manfred.
Gottfried Wagner, author, director, musicologist and great-grandson of Richard Wagner, had a significant role in the development of "Lost Childhood," an opera about the Holocaust and its aftermath. The work will be performed (in concert form) Saturday at Strathmore. Wagner, who inspired one of the two main characters in the opera, plans to attend the performance.
‘I will protect you,” a father sings in the opera “Lost Childhood” to comfort his 9-year-old son, Julek The tragic irony is that shortly thereafter, the father, emblematic of so many Jewish men, will be marched out of his Lvov, Poland, home and murdered by the Nazis.
Legacies of Holocaust wear heavy for Jew and German in new musical work. Two psychiatrists attending a conference in Manhattan in 1993 meet for a drink in a hotel bar and begin talking, forming the basis for an opera called “Lost Childhood.” Judah is a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust in Poland, and the younger Manfred, born after the war, is the German son of Nazi sympathizers.
At last, the opera a will be performed in its entirety on November 9 at Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, MD. Columbus listeners will remember tenor Michael Hendrick, who saved our OSU production of Fidelio three years ago. Hendrick takes the role of Judah, with baritone Christopher Pedro Trakas as Manfred.