Many people are committed to making the Buber Doráti Festival a unique event for all.


Achim Freyer

scenography and mise-en-scène
Achim Freyer quer

The world artist, stage designer and director Achim Freyer is going to implement a very specific realization of Buber’s mystery play. He loves Doráti’s music, which is why the singing actors and the orchestra will play preeminent parts in Freyer’s conception.

Martin Fischer-Dieskau​

idea and artistic director/conductor

The conductor Martin Fischer-Dieskau was a longstanding friend of Antal Doráti’s. This is why the realization of this project lies particularly close to his heart.

Frank Maus

Supporting experts for the musical text

Bangin Jung

Supporting experts for the musical text

artistic coordination

Michael Sturm

international consultant


Prof. Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr


Prof. Dr. Bernd Witte


Prof. Dr. Jens Malte Fischer


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Maehder


Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer

quondam Director Jewisch Museum Berlin

Fritz Tangermann

dramaturgical scientific coordinator

Nach dem Studium in Tübingen und Berlin Unterricht an Gymnasien in Berlin in den Fächern Deutsch, Englisch, Philosophie und Darstellendem Spiel. Seit 2001 in der Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung tätig als Schulrat für das Fach Deutsch, die künstlerischen Fächer und Sport. Zwischen 1997 und 2007 zweiter und erster Vorsitzender des Fachverbands der Deutschlehrerinnen und Deutschlehrer im Deutschen Germanistenverband.




The religious virtuoso trembling in front of his own soulfulness reacts to the plethora of the testimonies for »transcendence quite generally« like a musician to his keyboard – or rather makes himself a resonating body of the still remotest inside. I wish Buberʼs Elijah/Der Künder in the great Antal Dorátiʼs scoring that this work might lend wings to the adherents of Buberʼs orthodoxies in the same way as to their opponents in order to make a virtue as New Determination out of the necessity of the modern polyvalence.



Antal Doráti was a superb musician. There are very few conductors, who have given me so much, who have taught me so much.
He was a man of culture, equally at home in the worlds of literature, philosophy and the visual arts. As a composer, Doráti is less well-known, although his works for oboe (written for Heinz Holliger) are now an integral part of the repertoire.
His symphonies, concertos, songs and piano pieces are excellent compositions that deserve frequent performances and recognition.
His opera Der Künder – based on a text by Martin Buber – is still to be seen and heard. Let’s hope that the musical world will soon discover and appreciate his important message.



As a great-granddaughter Martin Bubers, I am looking forward to finally experiencing my great-grandfather’s only mystery play Elijah / Der Künder (The Chosen) on an Israeli stage.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. PETER GÜLKE

Reminiscences of Doráti are strong – wasn’t he one of the last grand seigneurs on the conductor’s podium? – at least so it seems to me; Alfonso und Estrella, 1978 conducted by him in Detroit still remains a virulent remembrance. No less later his song cycle which I did with Holzmair.


This is a magnificent endeavour: Buber/Doráti/Fischer-Dieskau jr and a renowned team of internationally effective scholars. He is a fool who would not participate.
I am not acquainted with Buber’s Elijah. I’m very curious because Elijah is not just any prophet. His great opponents, King Achab and Queen Ysebel do „pack a punch“ as well. (Do you know Irène Némirovski’s eponymous novelette? Marvelous like almost everything by her.) Oh well, and Buber … Olympus.



I am the president and CEO of TAL Aviation group in Tel Aviv. My parents were early Israel immigrants and in my youth I sang as a chorister Schiller’s ›Ode to Joy‹ in Hebrew.
In our day – as I am proud to state – Israel is waiting for Buber’s mystery play in its original German language […]


Buber’s lifelong interest in theater found its most remarkable expression in the “Mystery Play” Elijah, published in German two years before his passing. A little known piece in Buber’s oeuvre, as opera Der Künder (The Chosen) brings to life the Biblical story of the prophet Elijah and King Ahab, translating it into modern questions of power, governance, self-limitation, and justice.
The forthcoming opera is an opportunity to join together two monumental masterpieces, Buber’s theater play and Dorati’s opera. In absence of the legendary, so-called Jewish German symbiosis, which Buber never ceased to believe in, German Israelis and Jews around the globe are seeking new ways to remember, and to be inspired by this fruitful cultural encounter today.
Being part of this this project is a rare opportunity to revive Buber’s everlasting message for new audiences and new generations.


Dear Dr. Fischer-Dieskau,
your proposal to give Martin Buber’s stage work Elijah a first world rendition in a musical version as the opera Der Künder (The Chosen) by Antal Doráti, and to combine this with the completion of a new Buber work edition and a conference about the significance of this outstanding religious philosopher, finds my full appreciation and support. Through this you create a unique opportunity to procure an appropriate prestigiousness for the creative work of two eminent Jewish personalities of the 20th century who both showed an exceptional mastery in their respective realms of philosophy and music. It would be to my greatest personal joy if your undertaking could become one of the lighthouse projects in the list of all events commemorating 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany during the year 2021. For this purpose I shall advocate personally with emphasis. With sincere regards,

Dr. Felix Klein
Commissioner of the Federal Government of Germany for Jewish life and the combat against antisemitism.


Buber’s Elijah and Doráti’s Künder are figurations of one and the same idea – the idea of unconditional engagement for what we decided for once as being right. What is essential artistically nowadays if not the reminder of this pivotal virtue of the existentialists?
In light of a current international situation which presents itself hardly less threatening than did the NATO retrofit resolution during the years when Doráti set Buber’s play into music?
Therein, for me, lies the unabated actuality of Der Künder (The Chosen).


The Buber Doráti project is a further very important component of the cultural and social dialogue between Israel and Germany.


Martin Fischer-Dieskau has shared his passion of Der Künder (The Chosen) with me for which I am very grateful. I remember the influence Martin Buber had on my father and how deeply touched he was of his thoughts on humanity. Buber’s philosophy is as valuable today as ever. The combination with Antal Doráti as the composer gives an enhanced humanitarian message to the text. Antal Doráti was my Godfather who had an enormous influence on my own life. I am very much looking forward to discover this work.


Today, more than ever, human relationships are contaminated by a lack of real dialogue, and in the resulting vacuum demagogues amass power. (This impacts every challenge of humanity, including the environmental protection field I work in). It is therefore great news that a production of Der Künder (The Chosen) is in the works, led by a renowned international team. All of us can benefit from the philosophy of Buber as conveyed through the music of Dorati, and find therein an enduring defense of objective knowledge, reciprocity and openness.


Martin Buber is my friend. I only know him as of recently and not well enough to sophisticate about him. But above all his thinking stands dialogue. And dialogue is the single matter I believe in wholeheartedly.
Whether Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Wagner, Stravinsky … all my CD shelves are full of the conductor Antal Doráti’s recordings. He accompanied me through my life, has comforted me, delighted me, stired me up and made me lough. And all of a sudden I discovered that behind the conductor there hides a composer who created music visually stunning to such a degree that a filmmaker’s eyes like mine become radiant with happiness.
When Buber and Doráti walk hand in hand, there emerges big-time cinema with warmth and humanistic profundity.


Buber stays close to the Old Testament – yet his ideals unerringly still meet with today’s life.
Even as a play Buber’s Elijah avoids being a sequel of dry assertions – with Doráti’s music it becomes a blazing political thriller.
In its emotional scope Antal Doráti’s Der Künder (The Chosen) is universal, because the composer is no musical factionist …