Monday, 6 July 2015

July 6th : world première of two new operas by Haim Permont and Yoni Rechter in Tel Aviv

Today, two new operas will have their first performance in Tel Aviv, by the Israeli Opera : The Lady and the Peddler, by Haim Permont, with a libretto by Tzruya Lahav based on the story of Shmuel Yosef Agnon and Schitz by Yoni Rechter, with a libretto by Muli Meltzer, after Hanoch Levin.

The fable depicts a Christian woman, living in isolation in the woods, who buys a knife from an itinerant Jewish peddler who stumbles upon her house and takes shelter there from a storm. He is ensnared by her charm and hospitality, moves in and has sex with her, only to learn that she has devoured her previous lovers. (reproduced from the Jonathan Slaff & Associates website)
The cast includes soprano Edit Zamir (The Lady) and tenor Guy Mannhiem (The Peddler).
The story portrays a family: a father, a mother, a daughter and a son-in-law. The ugly daughter wants a man, the mother wants a professor in America and the future son-in-law wants the father’s money. The piece can be described in one line: nothing has any value anymore – but everything has a price. (reproduced from the Brussels City Theater website)
The cast includes baritone Noah Briger (Fefechts), soprano Ira Bertman (Tsesha), soprano Yael Levita (Shprechzi) and baritone Oded Riech (Tcharchess).

Both works are conducted by Eithan Schmeisser and directed by Ido Ricklin.

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