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Jews in American Opera: From Importers to Innovators
Opera arrived in America as a European import, with Jews playing an essential role in its promotion from the moment Lorenzo da Ponte landed in Philadelphia. A century later, a generation of European refugees would take their operatic experience and use it to develop two of the most quintessentially American art forms: the Hollywood movie and the Broadway musical. But, contrary to what you may have heard, opera didn’t die in the aftermath. Rather, today’s American Jewish composers have been hard at work pushing boundaries and reconceptualizing just what opera can do.

Feb 3, 2022 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Daniel Walber
Daniel Walber is a writer, educator and opera fan living in Brooklyn. A recovering film critic, he completed a Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Management at Johns Hopkins University in 2020. He has worked in historic interpretation at the Tenement Museum and has recently developed walking tour programs related to Jewish and LGBT history in collaboration with JCP Downtown and Henry Street Settlement.