Bas Sheve is a Yiddish opera written by Henech Kon in 1924 in Warsaw. Based on the story of King David and Batsheva, the opera was premiered there at the Kaminski Theater with vocal soloists and choir and with Kon himself accompanying on piano and singing the bass role. This remarkable work, which appears to be the only surviving opera in Yiddish from pre-war Eastern Europe, was rediscovered by Dr. Diana Matut in 2017. In 2019, Yiddish Summer Weimar Curator Andreas Schmitges envisioned and mounted a newly commissioned, fully orchestrated version of Kon's opera. Enlisting contemporary composer Joshua Horowitz to create the orchestration as well as to reconstruct missing sections of the work, the project invited young vocalists, instrumentalists and partner institutions from Germany, France and Poland to form the Triangle Orchestra to realize this daring artistic vision. The world premiere of the newly orchestrated opera took place on Aug 16th, 2019 during Yiddish Summer Weimar 2019, and was performed again in Lodz on Aug 21st, 2019.
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