NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A real-life story draw from 200 letter written during World War II have been given new voice in the jazz opera “Dear Erich,” performing this week in lower Manhattan.
Jazz composer and pianist Ted Rosenthal and New York City Opera general director Michael Capasso joined CBS2’s Cindy Hsu to talk about the opera’s premiere.READ MORE: Vaccine Mandate For NYC Teachers, Department Of Education Workers Put On Hold By Federal Judge
The work is based on correspondences written in Germany between 1938 and 1941 by Rosenthal’s grandmother, Herta Rosenthal, and his father, Erich, a Jewish scholar who escaped to the United States.READ MORE: Gabby Petito's Father Announces Creation Of Gabby Petito Foundation Ahead Of Public Memorial Service
Set in wartime Germany and Chicago, the opera echoes the 1930s and 40s in retelling a family history of dual fates: a son’s journey to a life in the New World, and the cruel demise of his family at the hands of the Nazis.
“Dear Erich” plays four performances from Jan. 9 through Jan. 13 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage at 36 Battery Place, in lower Manhattan.MORE NEWS: Gov. Kathy Hochul Increases Pressure On COVID Vaccine Holdouts As Deadline For Health Care Workers Approaches
For more about the production and for ticket information, see the website DearErich.com.