Dear Erich: A Jazz Opera by Ted Rosenthal
Charter Oak Cultural Center, B’Nai Tikvo-Sholom and Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning present a concert performance of the moving new jazz opera Dear Erich, set against a backdrop of World War II and the Holocaust. Dear Erich was inspired by 200 newly discovered letters written in Germany between 1938 and 1941 by Herta Rosenthal to her son Erich, composer Ted Rosenthal’s father.
Erich, a Jewish academic, escaped Nazi Germany to the U.S. shortly before Kristallnacht. The opera tells the story of a family’s dual fates. Erich’s journey to a new life in the new world – his studies, jazz and love – while the situation deteriorates in Germany and his family is ultimately murdered at the hands of the Nazis. Frustrated and powerless to help them emigrate, Erich must live with deep survivor guilt which affects him in his relationships with his wife and children.
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