Yiddish operetta songs
From Warsaw to Broadway

Farges Mikh Nit

Oct 2019
Jan 2020
19:30 - 20:50
18:00 - 19:20
A virtuosic recital of songs between infectious comedy, gentle melancholy, and deeply moving despair. Following the celebrated concerts of 2015 and 2018, Farges mikh nit (forget me not) returns this season to the proscenium of the Komische Oper Berlin. Ensemble member Alma Sadé, the internationally successful mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman, and Intendant Barrie Kosky as »a great entertainer and congenial accompanist for his two wonderful singers« [BERLINER ZEITUNG] bring a forgotten genre back to life: the Yiddish operetta. The associated authors and composers, most of them hailing from Eastern Europe, emigrated to the USA under the pressure of anti-Jewish pogroms at the beginning of the 20th century. There they became responsible for a third genre alongside the American musical, still in its infancy, and the operetta imported from Europe. The songs are often about exile, loneliness and homesickness, but also about the joy of life – against all odds. »Such a song recital is an incomparable artistic plea against the current rise of anti-Semitism, which is taking place even in Berlin. It presents an important part of Jewish culture in a stirring and congenial manner.« [Deutschland Funk]
1. Julius Jaffe (Lebensdaten unbek.) Ikh bin a mame (instr.)
2. Abraham Ellstein (1907–1963) /Molly Picon (1898–1992) Maz’l
3. Joseph Rumshinsky (1881–1956) / Molly Picon A bis’l libe
4. Sholom Secunda (1894–1974)/Itzkhok Perlov (191 1–1980) Shver tzu zayn a yid
5. Joseph Rumshinsky/Isidore Lillian (1882–1960) Du bist dos likht fun mayne oyg’n
6. Abraham Ellstein/Itzik Manger (1911–1969) Yid’l mit’n fid’l
7. Alexander Olshanetsky (1893–1946)/Bella Meisel (1902–1991) Glik
8. Abraham Ellstein/Molly Picon Ikh zing
9. Abraham Ellstein/Molly Picon Oyg’n
10. David Meyerowitz (1867–1943) Vos geven iz geven un nito
11. Abraham Ellstein/Jacob Jacobs (1890–1977) Farges mikh nit
12. Abraham Ellstein Tif vi di nakht
13. Abraham Ellstein Oy mame, bin ikh farlibt
14. Abraham Ellstein /Jacob Jacobs Meydele
15. Oscar Strock (1892–1975) /S. Korn-Teuer (um 1890–1941) Vi ahin zol ikh geyn?
16. Abraham Goldfaden (1840–1908) Rozhinkes mit mandl’n
17. Aaron Lebedeff (1875–1960) Rumania, Rumania!




Soloist - Soprano
Soloist - Mezzosoprano