Operetta in Exile, July 11, 2019

The Nazis sought to eradicate art that they saw as “degenerate” or whose creators they deemed racially impure. Many of the finest artists of the time were forced into exile, while those who were unable to leave faced persecution, imprisonment, and death.

This performance told their stories through letters, images, and, of course, their own music and lyrics. Songs from operettas by Leo Ascher, Emmerich Kálmán, Jean Gilbert, Paul Abrahám, Robert Stolz, and Franz Lehár and Leon Jessel.