“Before it All Goes Dark” – Opera world premiere

May 25, 2024 at 07:30PM/ CET
May 26, 2024 at 03:00PM/ CET
The Jewish Museum in Prague presents the world premiere of the new one-act opera “Before it All Goes Dark,” composed by Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer in collaboration with the Chicago Opera Theater.
An ailing Vietnam War veteran learns he is the sole heir to a priceless art collection stolen by the Nazis. His journey to Prague to claim his legacy leads to the discovery of an identity he never knew, and through art discovers a deeper truth in his life. Based on a true story reported by Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune.
One of the main historical roles in this story was played by the Jewish Museum in Prague, which sued the Czech government over its obvious attempt to get around its own laws of returning art looted by the Nazis, but, not surprisingly, the government prevailed.
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