February 14, 2008
Opera: Restoring Nazi-suppressed ‘Recovered Voices’
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"LA Opera has every intention of continuing 'Recovered Voices' for the foreseeable future," general director Placido Domingo said. "This is a very important project for us."
Ziering, an opera board member whose late husband, Sigi Ziering, survived concentration camps, made the initial $3.25 million gift to "Voices" and will raise funds for future programs. "I'd like this music to be heard throughout the world, so the Nazis are not completely victorious in suppressing these wonderful works," she said.
"The Dwarf" and "The Broken Jug" will appear in the same season as Richard Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde," which has prompted questions about the juxtaposition with Hitler's favorite composer. "Wagner, among composers, was one of the least attractive of human beings, but his genius was indisputable, and there was almost nobody in the late 19th or early 20th century who does not owe some great musical debt to him," said Conlon, who will conduct all of Wagner's works in Los Angeles. "The Jewish composers we are presenting were an integral part of the German tradition, so I'm beyond ecstatic that they will be heard alongside Wagner, because that's where they belong."
For tickets or more information, call (213) 977-8001 or visit http://www.laopera.com.
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