The Rosenbergs (An Opera)
Music by Joachim Holbek
Libretto by Rhea Leman
Directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky
Musical Direction by Cristi Catt
It’s 1953 Cold War USA, and Ethel and Julius Rosenberg have been accused of atomic espionage and sentenced to death. In this most famous spy case of the 20th century, and leading into the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings, the Rosenbergs’ love affair broke all bounds. Recognized as Denmark’s Best Opera of 2015, this tragic love story is adapted from the Rosenbergs’ letters from jail. As seen through the lens of the McCarthy witch hunts, echoes of which can still be heard today, it begs the question to all of us: “Would you die for love?”
A North American premiere co-produced by Boston University and Brandeis University, presented by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Free to all students, faculty, and staff of Boston University and Brandeis University.
The Rosenbergs is generously supported by the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University, the Jewish Cultural Endowment at Boston University, the Brandeis Arts Council, the Boston University Center for the Humanities, and through an arts grant from the BU Arts Initiative—Office of the Provost.
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