Know thy opera

Ta Opera Zuta, established 10 years ago, is an ensemble whose members are musicians, singers and researchers in the fields of art, humanities and theater. The ensemble will premiere Erik Satie’s Socrate at the Elma Music Center in Zichron Ya’acov, which has become renowned for its excellent acoustics.

The opera was commissioned to the French composer by a musical patron in 1916 and performed in 1919.

“There are several versions of the piece. We opted for the one with a singer and a piano. It could be a soprano or an alto, but we invited Israeli counter-tenor Doron Schleifer to play the role,” says musicology professor Michal Grover-Friedlander of Tel Aviv University. The cast also includes Japanese dancer Ryo Takenoshita and Israeli dancers Noam Sander and Batel Dotan.


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