Public Program: “State of the Jews” by Alex Weiser*
Join for an evening of songs by composer Alex Weiser including never-before-seen, work-in-progress excerpts from his opera-in-progress State of the Jews with Librettist Ben Kaplan.
State of the Jews follows Theodor Herzl in the last year of his life, as his efforts to secure a Jewish homeland become increasingly desperate. It includes scenes from the Sixth Zionist congress, in which Herzl proposes Uganda as a possible land for Jewish settlement, and Herzl’s visit with Pope Pius X, in which he seeks the Pope’s support for a Jewish State. Interwoven with this public historical narrative is the more intimate story of Theodor’s conflicted relationship with his wife, Julie Herzl, and the toll his political views and activities took on their family life.
Free event. Composer (and Composers & the Voice alumnus) Alex Weiser and AOP General Director Matt Gray will be on a post-workshop panel discussion.
*Not an AOP Produced event