Wall of Two - A Chamber Opera in Two Acts

Wall of Two - A Chamber Opera in Two Acts

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Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, and Chamber Ensemble
Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass, and Piano
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Composer's Note:

The opera is based on A Wall of Two: Poems of Resistance and Suffering from Krakow to Buchenwald and Beyond. Sisters Ilona and Henia Karmel, who were in their late teens and early 20s during their internment in Nazi concentration camps, wrote in Polish on forbidden scraps of paper smuggled out of the slave labor factories. Their poems became an important part of the clandestine cultural life in the camps. After the war, while the sisters were still convalescing in Sweden from grievous war wounds, a New York-based group of Polish Holocaust survivors published them under the title Spiew za drutami (Songs from Behind the Barbed Wire, 1947).


Vocal Ranges:

Soprano: C4 - G5
Mezzo-soprano C4 - F#5


Piano/vocal score available in a separate listing.


On-book video recording credits:

Elliot Moore, Conductor
Dawna Warren, Soprano
Gloria Palermo, Mezzo-soprano
Edward Croster, Boy-soprano

Michael is hoping that this work will someday become a staged premiere either with this orchestration or an expanded orchestration.

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Text Language - Non English


Text Source/Author
Henia Karme, Illona Karmel, and Michael Udow.
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Ensemble Type
solo voice(s)+large ensemble or orchestra
mixed instrumental ens 6 to 15 players
opera dramatic
Jewish themes or klezmer
Soprano , Mezzo-Soprano , flute , oboe , bass clarinet , French horn , piano , violin , viola , cello , double bass
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$142.00 Act I full score: ACA-UDOW-025a1
$117.00 Act II full score: ACA-UDOW-025a2
Contact [email protected] for inquiries into part purchase or rental.