Until April 2020 the BUBER-DORÁTI répétiteurs and Martin Fischer-Dieskau will have compiled a complete recording of Antal Doráti’s work The Chosen featuring international solo singers from Israel and Germany with piano accompaniment. This tone document will serve as a sound reference, conveying first musical impressions of the work to the production team.
The opera houses of the Czech Republic’s capital Prague are legendary. Imbued with philosopher Martin Buber’s active co-creating of the city’s cultural discourse during the 1910s the BUBER DORÁTI FESTIVAL believes, that the author’s later only stage work Elijah will surely find its eligible performance venue on one of Prague’s historically relevant stages.
During the Jewish anniversary year of 2021 https://www.1700jahre.de/ the much-anticipated opening of Jerusalem’s Museum of Tolerance will be celebrated. With its innovative architecture it offers a phenomenal forum of presentation to The Chosen/Der Künder. It has been established as a place of dialogue on a politically controversial building ground. In the light of Buber’s genuine postulate for a Jewish integration with all of Israel’s neighbours it appears as a downright ideal performance venue for our operatic topic.
No other protagonist of the international operatic scene could appear more appropriate to face the challenge of making alive Buber’s and Doráti’s monumental opus than Achim Freyer. A man of immense talent as a visual artist as well as a stage director – meanwhile above all as a leader with an overarching worldly wisdom – seems predestined to give us an understanding of the biblical subject matter with all its philosophic-political providence.
The year 2020 will compile all necessary stage concepts and placings of all twelve singing parts. It will also mark the onset of rehearsals with orchestra, chorus and soloists and the coordination of dates for our international conference delegates. It will be decided furthermore how to incorporate a symphonic concert program to the BUBER DORÁTI FESTIVAL in the most meaningful manner. One idea would be to include Sofia Gubaidulina’s new (2018) composition Dialogue: I and Thou after Martin Buber for Violin and orchestra.
2021: The intensive phase of rehearsals begins in Berlin. Achim Freyer’s concepts will be developed by his team of assistants. They will work with all the local forces as well as with our international singers from Israel and Germany. Then the master himself will give the finishing touches, realizing his very specific ideas of the scenic realization at each oft the three very different performance venues. The conductor Martin Fischer-Dieskau acquaints the Galilee Orchestra with all intricacies of Antal Doráti’s score in commonly called orchestra-alone-rehearsals not too few in number. The orchestra is composed of Arab and Jewish Israeli musicians in the best thinkable Buber tradition. They will introduce their manyfold musical experiences with artists like Saleem Ashkar, Sir András Schiff or Lynn Harrell into their mastering oft he Doráti score.
It is now that the merging phase of all the elements of an opera production begins. These rehearsals are called ›BOs‹ in the German stage jargon. They are being concluded with two dress rehearsals, both in costume and make-up.
After premiere nights in Jerusalem, the whole ensemble starts on a journey to Prague and afterwards to Berlin. Here the BUBER DORÁTI production will meet audiences at a performance venue especially selected for the event.
Our partner in Israel will be the team of TADMORE ENTERTAINMENT ISRAEL with its CEO Emilio Schenker and its chief production manager Ella Flexer (responsible also for the 2019 E[urovision] S[ong] C[ontest] in Tel Aviv). Both work in close collaboration with the ›Israeli Opera‹ to conjure Freyer’s production and the designs onto the amphitheatrical stage of the Museum of Tolerance. The GALILEE ORCHESTRA will be seated according to the acoustic modalities of an innovative stage situation. That way Doráti’s and Buber’s opera Der Künder will see two more performances (plus one show for young audiences) before its Czech and German premieres in Prague and Berlin. These performances will happen in mid-September 2021. TAL AVIATION GROUP TEL AVIV looks after a smooth voyage.
On one of the days of rest between performances the world’s leading researchers in the field of Judaic studies and musical theatre will gather in Berlin in order to discuss all relevant correlations between opera and politics under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr, Prof. Dr. Bernd Witte, Prof. Dr. Jens Malte Fischer and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Maehder. A solid foundation will be safeguarded by the new complete edition of all of Buber’s works at RANDOM HOUSE/BERTELSMANN.