Mar 28, 29, Apr 1, 3, 4, 2020

Composed by Jake Heggie
Libretto by Gene Scheer

American composer Jake Heggie continues his ‘Year in Chicago’ with the Chicago premiere of his latest opera (created with librettist Gene Scheer) based on the separate journals of two Holocaust survivors: Krystyna Zywulska and Gad Beck.

Her Jewish identity hidden, Krystyna Zywulska was a political prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau. In secret, she composed lyrics to inspire fellow prisoners, even as she carried out her harrowing job in the Effektenkammer: cataloging the personal effects of thousands of women and children before they were murdered in the gas chambers next store. Many years after the war, she is asked by a journalist to share her stories and record them on a tape player. Haunted and helped by the ghosts of her past – Zosia, Edka, Mariola and her younger self, Krysia – she struggles to find the words.

Gad Beck’s first true love was the poet Manfred Lewin, who was 19 when he and his entire family were murdered in Auschwitz. In the many years since the war, Gad has tried his best to forget what happened, but he keeps the book of Manfred’s original poems close by. As an old man, he is visited by Manfred’s ghost one night. As Manfred implores Gad to remember and celebrate their love, the painful truth of their stories and fates emerges. It is estimated that more than 100,000 men and women were imprisoned for homosexuality during the Holocaust; it is not known how many thousands were murdered. Even after the war was over, Paragraph 175, the German law prohibiting homosexuality, remained in effect until 1969.

Run Time
2 hr   /
Tickets
$25 to $45
  /
Cash Bar
Cash Bar

Cast

Artistic Team

Conductor

Catherine O'Shaughnessy

Conductor

A resident of Chicago, Illinois, Catherine O’Shaughnessy is an active orchestra and opera conductor both in the United States and abroad. In 2010, she made her international professional conducting debut as music director of the Mittelsächsisches Theater’s production of Pyramus und Thisbe in Freiberg, Germany; she has also conducted the Moscow Philharmonic and the Rousse Philharmonic (Rousse, Bulgaria) in concert. Avidly committed to Chicago’s dynamic opera scene, she founded Windy City Opera and conducted its first production (La bohème) in 2015. Additionally, she just completed her first collaboration with The Floating Opera Company and 42nd Parallel as conductor and music director for Don Giovanni. Catherine, a student of William Reber at Arizona State University, holds a B.M. from the University of Michigan and a M.M. from Bowling Green State University. In addition to her musical pursuits, Catherine is passionate about the role of the arts in philosophy and society. She currently serves as co-organizer for two philosophy meet-up groups and presented a paper on the philosophy of passion at the 2013 Humanities Conference at Lincoln University, PA.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Two Remain Music Director 2020
Woyzeck Music Director 2019
Love Wounds Music Director 2019
The Long Christmas Dinner Music Director 2019
The Great God Pan Music Director 2018
Lucrezia Music Director 2017
Song from the Uproar Conductor 2016
In the Penal Colony Conductor 2016
Director
Derek Van Barham

Tickets

Sat
Mar 28, 2020
Date
Sat, Mar 28, 2020
Time
7:30 PM
Sun
Mar 29, 2020
Date
Sun, Mar 29, 2020
Time
5:00 PM
Wed
Apr 1, 2020
Date
Wed, Apr 1, 2020
Time
7:30 PM
Fri
Apr 3, 2020
Date
Fri, Apr 3, 2020
Time
7:30 PM
Sat
Apr 4, 2020
Date
Sat, Apr 4, 2020
Time
7:30 PM

Venue

Location
Stage 773
Parking

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Accessibility
Handicap Accessible
Handicap Accessible

Stage 773

Stage 773, West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation