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.
|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).