Enemies, A Love Story


Enemies, A Love Story

Ben Moore | Libretto by Nahma Sandrow

Conductor, David Stern

Director, Mary Birnbaum


Friday, November 9 at 8 PM

Sunday, November 11 at 2 PM

Sung in English with projected English supertitles

Two Wives. One Mistress.

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

Oy Vey: Guilt, Herman understands – commitment, not so much!

Watch what happens when everybody finally meets in this darkly funny and deeply moving tale of hope and fatalism.

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

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


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


Emily Albrink

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.


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 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.”