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European Premiere of the Opera “Darkling”

Free Admission: Freie Universität invites friends of music – Sat., June 9, 8:00 p.m.

№ 104/2007 from May 30, 2007

Freie Universität Berlin invites friends of theater to a special event in its central lecture building, the Henry Ford Building: On Saturday, June 9, at 8.00 p.m. the European premiere of the U.S.-American opera production Darkling will be performed. The performance is sponsored by Friends of Freie Universität Berlin – the North American alumni organization of Freie Universität – and the American Opera Project. Admission is free. Advance reservation is requested.

The world premiere of the concert version of Darkling in New York in the spring of 2006 was met with acclaim from the critics. For his production, director Michael Comlish adapted Anna Rabinowitz’s book of the same title for the stage. The award-winning author had compiled narratives from the time of the Third Reich. The stories are based on old letters and unidentified photographs that had been lying around in a shoe box for decades until they were discovered by Anna Rabinowitz in a closet in her parents’ house. She wrote a narrative collage about the Holocaust that speaks for all those who did not survive to tell their stories or write down their memories.

Darkling is a contemporary opera: poetry is overlaid with live music and the drama is interwoven with projected film sequences and photographs as well as with collages of spoken text and recordings. The music was composed by Stefan Weisman and Lee Hoiby.

Further Information

Time and Place:

Saturday, June 9, 8.00 p.m.
Freie Universität Berlin, Henry Ford Building, Garystr. 35, 14195 Berlin, subway stop Thielplatz (U3)


Suzanne Schüler
International Office of Freie Universität Berlin

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For additional information, please contact:

Ilka Seer
Press Office of Freie Universität Berlin
Telephone: 030 / 838-73182