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Defendants Rosenberg
Ari Benjamin Meyers
Ari Benjamin Meyers
Holger Pototzki, Director; Fabian Dobler, Conductor; Tom Presting, Scenic Designer; Polly Matthies, Costume Designer; Susanne Range, Dramaturgist
Sabine Stolpe (Ethel Rosenberg); Ingo Anders (Julius Rosenberg); James Clark (Manny Block); Roland Fenes (Irving Saypol); Heinz Hirsch (Irving Kaufman); Undine Dreißig (various roles); Veronika Schreckenbach (various roles); Wolfgang Klose (various roles); Opera-Choir of the Theater der Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg
December 11, 1999
Theater der Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg
Defendants Rosenbergis based on the life, trial, and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. To many, the Rosenbergs are criminals; to many others, martyrs. The opera incorporates actual events as documented by the trial transcript, newspaper accounts, and most significantly, the prison correspondence of the Rosenbergs. It does not try to prove their guilt or innocence. Above all, DEFENDENTS ROSENBERG is a love story, albeit an atypical one. In their own words, the Rosenbergs speak to us -- or rather-- sing to us (Ethel was a trained opera singer) -- as ghosts from our past, from our collective consciousness as a country. They do so not as icons, but as parents, lovers, dreamers, and prisoners.
A grand opera employing chamber opera forces
Ari Benjamin Meyers
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