The Event

The Buber-Doráti Festival offers its audience in Tel Aviv and Berlin a unique pairing of the world premiere Der Künder (The Chosen), an opera by Antal Doráti and an international conference in celebration of a twenty-one critical edition of Martin Buber’s writings. Both events will be in conjunction of a film project directed by Axel Ranisch.

The Hungarian-American composer Antal Doráti’s only opera is based on the German-Israeli philosopher Martin Buber’s ›mystery play‹ Elijah. Doráti’s monumental work about ancient Israel will be performed under the artistic leadership of the conductor and his longtime friend and colleague, Prof. Martin Fischer-Dieskau, on two successive nights first in Jerusalem and then in Berlin …

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As a sort of symphonic crystallisation the BUBER DORÁTI FESTIVAL will present the ISRAEL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in a special concert program in Tel Aviv and Berlin. Another unexpected connecting line will become apparent here to the current political life of the day: Doráti’s melodrama Jesus or Barrabas will be performed by a prominent reciter of the Bundestag and the Knesset respectively. Also on the program: A piece by the well-known Israeli composer Noam Sheriff, who died in 2018 and since his student days with Boris Blacher in Berlin always entertained a very special relationship to the German capital.

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The multi-decorated German filmmaker and opera director Axel Ranisch looks after the staging of the music theatre event as well as after the cinematic conditioning of the festival.

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Under the lead management of Prof. Dr. Jens Malte Fischer and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Maehder, as well as of Prof. Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr and Prof. Dr. Bernd Witte, international scholars will discuss the influence of musical theatre on our society and on the field of politics as well as the encompassing complex of themes around Martin Buber.
The occasion will be the appearance of the new complete Buber edition at Bertelsmann/Random House – chief editors are Prof. Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr and Prof. Dr. Bernd Witte, Co chief editor was Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer, who today is the director of Berlin’s Jewish Museum.

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The Personalities

Learn more about the interesting backgrounds of the work and its creators Martin Buber and Antal Doráti.

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The association’s purpose is the encouragement of art and culture, the promotion of an international disposition, tolerance on all areas of culture and the understanding among nations, as well as the facilitation of national education and a democratic political system.

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At this point we would like to introduce those who commit themselves with all their heart and vigour to the Buber Doráti Festival, actively contribute to its success or simply enthuse themselves about the idea of the project.

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About the Buber Doráti Festival

The Buber-Doráti Festival is a tribute to the legacy of 1,700 years in which Jews played an integral role in the cultural life of Europe. The tribute is symbolically represented by the festival’s dual venues in Jerusalem and Berlin. Under the maxim ›From Point of View to Dialogue,‹ the significance of German-Israeli philosopher Martin Buber’s intellectual and literary oeuvre is to be acknowledged in a most notable way:
The world premiere of an opera Der Künder (The Chosen), composed by eminent conductor Antal Doráti, which was inspired by Buber’s mystery play Elijah. The opera will be performed Der Künder (The Chosen) – which will be first performed under the musical direction of Martin Fischer-Dieskau. The Israel Symphony Orchestra will in be in the and on stage will be some of the most illustrious names of international opera; the stage design will be that of a renown architect.
In the course of the festival foremost scholars from America, Germany and Israel will participate in an international conference to discuss the abiding relevance of Buber’s thought for contemporary politics in Israel and Germany. The occasion is the publication of the twenty-one volume critical edition of Martin Buber’s works, published by Bertelsmann/Random Publishing House.

The award-winning German film producer and opera director Axel Ranisch make a cinematic document of the staging of the festive event.

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A dialogue characterises not only the communication between people – theories and disciplines can also form a dialogue. Here is where our conference idea takes its origin, always under Martin Buber’s godparenthood needless to say …

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