Golem (Bretan opera)
Golem is a one-act opera by Nicolae Bretan to his own libretto, based on the legend of the Golem as expressed in a drama by Illés Kaczér. It was written over a brief period in 1923, and was first performed in Cluj on 23 December 1924. It was not performed in the U.S. until its 1990 premiere at Opera Omaha under the stage direction of Keith Warner, who was then the company's assistant artistic director.
|Roles||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 1924
(Conductor: Nicolae Bretan )
|Rabbi Lőw||tenor||Ö. Réthely|
|Anna, (his granddaughter)||soprano||E. Bethlen|
|Baruch, the Rabbi's disciple||bass||F. Harksay|
|Chorus of the Autumn Winds|
Prague in the 16th century. Rabbi Lőw (based on the historical figure), has created the Golem, a living creature, from clay. The Golem falls in love with the Rabbi's granddaughter, thereby infecting her with a fatal illness. The Rabbi destroys the Golem to save his granddaughter.
- Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Cristian Mandeal. Nimbus Records NI5424 (1987).