Folks Operetta Announces "Forbidden Opera": Reclaiming the lost operas of the Second World War

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:00pm to Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 2:00pm

As part of the Reclaimed Voices series, Folks Operetta takes a look at the composers of opera that time has forgotten. Before the Second World War, central Europe was home to a rich and varied musical culture. Composers worked in many different styles, ranging from traditional to late romantic to ultramodern. This atmosphere of creative ferment came to an end with the rise of the Third Reich. During the Third Reich Jewish composers, as well as any composers whose music did not suit the Nazis, were banned and labeled degenerate. Some of the Jewish composers, (Korngold, Gál, Wellesz) were able to emigrate and would ply their craft in their newly adopted homelands; others (Ullmann, Klein, Schulhoff) perished in the Holocaust. Still others (Krenek) were targeted, not because of their ethnicity, but because the Nazis considered their work “degenerate.” 

Location and contact
Illinois Holocaust Museum
9603 Woods Dr.
Skokie  Illinois
United States