Enemies, A Love Story

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Enemies, A Love Story

by Ben Moore | Libretto by Nahma Sandrow

David Stern, Conductor

Mary Birnbaum, Director

 

Friday, November 9 at 8 PM

Sunday, November 11 at 2 PM

Sung in English with projected English supertitles

Two Wives. One Mistress.

Two Wives. One Mistress.

Secrets and lies.  That’s the life of Herman Broder, ghostwriter for a famous rabbi in 1948 New York.  Herman escaped from the Nazis thanks to his current wife who hid him in a hayloft.  But he’s really in love with his mistress, a concentration camp survivor, whom he also marries.  And then his first wife – who supposedly died in the Holocaust – suddenly reappears!

Watch what happens when everybody finally meets in this darkly funny and deeply moving tale of hope, guilt, and despair. Can a man who has learned to hide truly come out of hiding?  Can survivors love again?

A brilliant new opera based on the novel by I. B. Singer, which also inspired an award-winning movie. Featured as part of Kentucky Opera’s Composer Workshop in the fall of 2009 and the fall of 2011.

The Cast

Herman Broder

Morgan Smith

 

Kentucky local, and last seen in Kentucky Opera’s 2017-2018 production of Dead Man Walking.

Phenomenal in KO’s Dead Man Walking, he’s renowned for his “rugged good looks, striking intelligence, charismatic stage presence, and a powerful bariton of mingled velvet and steel.”

Opera News

Tamara

Catherine Martin*

*Kentucky Opera debut

This mesmerizing mezzo appears with major companies, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she dazzles with “her warm, gorgeous voice.”

Washington Post

Yadwiga

Emily Albrink

Kentucky native, and last seen in Kentucky Opera’s 2017-2018 production of Dead Man Walking.

Hailed by The New York Times as “delightful and vocally strong and versatile,” this Kentucky favorite has sung with major conductors, including Placido Domingo and James Levine.

Masha

Danielle Pastin*

*Kentucky Opera debut

Starring as Masha in the world premiere, “her voice was amazingly supple with purity that reflected her character’s naivete.”

Nashville Arts

Shifrah Puah

Elizabeth Batton

Kentucky native, and last seen in Kentucky Opera’s 2017-2018 production of Ariadne auf Naxos.

“…a vocal powerhouse of dark, burnished bronze, seamless throughout its range, a steady flow of gorgeous sound.”

Opera News

Rabbi Lampert

Levi Hernandez*

*Kentucky Opera debut

Hernandez has a “large voice that pleases the ear.”

Berkshirefinearts.com