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Entitled Predators, two works by local composers will have their world premiere at the Israel Opera (IO) on July 3. They are The Peddler and the Lady by Haim Peramont based on the story by S. Y.
Agnon, and Schitz by Yoni Rechter, based on the play by Hanoch Levin. The libretti are by, respectively, Tzruya Lahav and Muli Meltzer. Gifted playwright/director Ido Ricklin makes his IO debut directing both. The conductor is Eytan Schmeisser, the singers are all homegrown as is most of the design team.
IO general director Hanna Munitz says “there’s nothing more thrilling than to be part of a new Israeli creation, especially when we’re talking about two great works of Hebrew literature.”
The Agnon story is a tale of lust, passion, fear and cunning, with a bit of vampirism thrown into the mix.
A peddler knocks at the door of a house in the forest. A Lady opens it and buys a knife from him.
The peddler goes on his way, but gets lost and ends up at the Lady’s place again. One thing leads to another and pretty soon they’re living together. Well, it’s not what she wants. She wants blood and human flesh, but what she gets from him is ice water. When she dies, the peddler goes on his way.
First presented at the Haifa Theater in 1975, Schitz tells the story of your “typical” Israeli family. The family Schitz desperately wants to get daughter Shprachtzi married. A not-so-Prince Charming turns up in the shape of former IDF officer Tcharchess. She wants a ring and a baby. He wants lots of money. Despite Papa’s reluctance and a whole lot of intrigue from all sides, plans for the wedding go ahead, but then fate intervenes, war breaks out and things don’t quite go as planned.
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Previous Israeli operas are Journey to the End of the Millennium by Yosef Bardanashvili together with Alpha and Omega and The Child Dreams both by Gil Shohat.
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