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Folks Operetta Announces "Forbidden Opera": Reclaiming the lost operas of the Second World War
  • Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum
  • Address: 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie, IL
  • Dates: 10/21/2018
  • As part of the Reclaimed Voices series, Folks Operetta takes a look at the composers of opera that time has forgotten. Before the Second World War, central Europe was home to a rich and varied musical culture. Composers worked in many different styles, ranging from traditional to late romantic to ultramodern. This atmosphere of creative ferment came to an end with the rise of the Third Reich. During the Third Reich Jewish composers, as well as any composers whose music did not suit the Nazis, were banned and labeled degenerate. Some of the Jewish composers, (Korngold, Gál, Wellesz) were able to emigrate and would ply their craft in their newly adopted homelands; others (Ullmann, Klein, Schulhoff) perished in the Holocaust. Still others (Krenek) were targeted, not because of their ethnicity, but because the Nazis considered their work “degenerate.”

    These composers all excelled at writing opera. Many of their works for the operatic stage were very successful and influential in their time. However, for all of these composers, whether they survived the war or not, the post war years inflicted a further indignity; there was no one to champion their music after the war. Their music deserves to be heard and enjoyed by a new generation.

    The newest installment in our Reclaimed Voices series, Forbidden Opera will present memorable excerpts from some of these operas and tell the stories of their composers. This multi-media event will feature four singers, a small trio, a narrator and video projections.

Folks Operetta Announces "Forbidden Opera": Reclaiming the lost operas of the Second World War
  • Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum
  • Address: 9603 Woods Dr.
  • 10/21/2018
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum