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FOLKS OPERETTA presents American premiere of Korngold's opera DIE KATHRIN

FOLKS OPERETTA presents the American premiere of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s last opera, DIE KATHRIN. Anthony Barrese conducts, and Elizabeth Margolius directs the cast led by soprano Ann Toomey, tenor Corey Bix, baritone Mark Delavan, and soprano Stacey Tappan (all of whom either sing at the Metropolitan Opera or Lyric Opera of Chicago). This monumental and long-overdue American premiere will be semi-staged, sung in German (English supertitles), and feature a 64-piece orchestra!

FOLKS OPERETTA's American premiere of DIE KATHRIN by Erich Wolfgang Korngold plays April 7 and 9 at 7:30 PM at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Tickets range from $50 to $75 and $25 for University of Chicago students.

Purchase tickets by phone (773) 702-2787 or online here.

DIE KATHRIN is a part of Folks Operetta's Reclaimed Voices Series which focuses on reclaiming and restoring the voices of Jewish composers and librettists who either perished or were forced into exile during the Second World War. The score of Die Kathrin was hidden and saved in pieces by hiding pages of the score between sheets of music by Mozart and Beethoven in the hopes the Nazis wouldn't confiscate it. The central mission of our company is to give these kinds of works the audience they deserve in Chicago. "Die Kathrin" is the cornerstone of the Korngold Festival at the University of Chicago which runs April 1-10. Painting by Rose Frantzen.

DIE KATHRIN was written in 1937 between the two wars and at the height of Korngold's creative powers. Korngold was a master of vocal and orchestral writing. With its dramatic story and lush, romantic score, the opera is a throwback to the turn of the twentieth century, a stylistic bridge between old Vienna and the rich sound of the classic Hollywood soundtrack. It tells a story of perseverance and the unending power of love.

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