Golem (Bretan opera)

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This article is about the opera by Bretan. For the opera by Eugen d'Albert, see Der Golem (opera). For the German silent film, see The Golem: How He Came into the World.

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[edit]

Roles Voice type Premiere Cast, 1924
(Conductor: Nicolae Bretan )
Rabbi Lőw tenor Ö. Réthely
Anna, (his granddaughter) soprano E. Bethlen
Golem baritone M. Takács
Baruch, the Rabbi's disciple bass F. Harksay
Chorus of the Autumn Winds

Synopsis[edit]

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.

Recording[edit]

  • Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Cristian Mandeal. Nimbus Records NI5424 (1987).