Last Night at the Cabaret Yitesh

Last Night at the Cabaret Yitesh is playing at the Ashkenaz Festival at Harbourfront.  It’s a crazy mix of cabaret and other influences from the wild and wacky pen of Michael Wex.  The back story is that it’s 1938 and the last night that the Yiddish language Cabaret Yitesh will perform in Warsaw before being, in effect, deported.  So, no longer dependent for their continued existence on the whims of the censor’s office they can let rip.

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Bas-Sheve

Last night, as part of the Ashkenaz Festival, we got to see Henekh Kon’s Bas-Sheve.  It’s the only known pre Holocaust Yiddish opera and there’s quite a saga involved in it getting to a staging.  The work dates to 1924, when it premiered in Warsaw then disappeared.  In 2017 Dr. Diana Matut unearthed an incomplete piano score version which was completed and orchestrated by librettist Michael Wex and composer Joshua Horowitz to create an hour long piece that premiered in August 2019 as part of the Yiddish Summer Weimar festival.

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