10 Must-Have Albums from the Milken Archive of Jewish MusicPhoto 5 of 10
Timeless Jewish legends and unforgettable dramatic characters come to life in these opera scenes composed by 20th-century American masters.
Ellstein's The Golem retells the ancient tale of a clay-made creature, brought to life by kabbalistic spells, who ultimately threatens the very people he was intended to serve. Strassburg's Chelm, a series of vignettes from a "village of fools," includes a portrayal of a hapless newlywed couple who conduct a hilarious search for an ideal wedding present. Tamkin's The Dybbuk transforms an age-old story of demon possession into a compelling drama wherein the fate of two star-crossed lovers becomes a mystical allegory for the Jewish People and Israel.
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