Two Remain

Regional Premiere

A short opera in two acts based on the stories of two Holocaust survivors: Krystyna Zywulska and Gad Beck.

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Performance Dates: July 16, 20, 21 & 28
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Two Remain

Memories of Auschwitz

REGIONAL PREMIERE

ACT ONE: “KRYSTYNA”
Her Jewish identity hidden, Krystyna Zywulska was a political prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau. In secret, she composed lyrics to inspire fellow prisoners, even as she carried out her harrowing job in the Effektenkammer, cataloguing the personal effects of thousands of women and children before they were murdered in the gas chambers next door. Many years after the war, a journalist asks Krystyana to share her stories, hoping to record them on a tape player. Haunted and helped by the ghosts of her past—Zosia, Edka, Mariola and her younger self, Krysia—she struggles to find the words. 

ACT TWO: “GAD”
Gad Beck’s first true love was the poet Manfred Lewin, who was 19 when he and his entire family were murdered in Auschwitz. In the many years since the war, Gad has tried his best to forget what happened, but he keeps the book of Manfred’s original poems close by. As an old man, he is visited by Manfred’s ghost one night. As Manfred implores Gad to remember and celebrate their love, the painful truth of their stories and fates emerges. It is estimated that more than 100,000 men and women were imprisoned for homosexuality during the Holocaust; it is not known how many thousands were murdered. Even after the war was over, the German law prohibiting homosexuality, Paragraph 175, remained in effect until 1969. 

 

Based, in part, on the true stories of two Holocaust survivors: the Polish dissident Krystyna Zywulska (1914-1993) and the gay German Jew, Gad Beck (1923-2012). Source material for the libretto includes documents and journals in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Zywulska’s I Survived Auschwitz (1946), as well as various interviews, including several collected from the film Paragraph 175, directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman.
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This opera was commissioned by Music of Remembrance (Mina Miller, founder and artistic director) and made possible by a generous award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Music of Remembrance Commissioning Circle. First Performance: May 22, 2016 at Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaryoa Hall, Seattle, WA.

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Performing Artists & Creative Team

AllCastCreative

Curt Olds

Sean Stanton

Sarah Rachel Bacani

Tessa McQueen

Catherine Goode

Gabrielle Barkidjija

Melanie Dubil

John Baril

Brandon Eldredge

Dan Wallace Miller

James P. McGough

Curt Olds

Central City Opera: (partial listing) Director/Curator/Soloist, Encore: A Musical Revue, 2018 & 2019; Frank, Show Boat, 2013; Will Parker,Oklahoma!, 2012; Past Bonfils-Stanton Studio and Apprentice Artist

Recently: The Emcee, Cabaret, Atlanta Opera; Major-General Stanley, Pirates of Penzance, Atlanta Opera; Pangloss, Candide, Arizona Opera; Monsieur Andre, The Phantom of the Opera, World Tour

Roy Johnson:The Light in the Piazza (2022)

Frosch:Die Fledermaus (2022)

Gad Beck:Two Remain (2022)

Voice Type:Baritone

Sean Stanton

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Recently: Germano, La scala di seta, Opera Southwest; Count Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro, Opera Steamboat; Papageno, The Magic Flute, Opera North

Manfred:Two Remain (2022)

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Baritone

Sarah Rachel Bacani

Hometown: Toms River, NJ

Recently: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte, Jacobs School of Music; Adina, L’elisir d’amore, Jacobs School of Music; Pamina, Die Zauberflöte, Indiana University Opera Theater

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Soprano

Mariola:Two Remain (2022)

Tessa McQueen

Hometown: Loveland, CO

Recently: Sharon Graham, Masterclass, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma; Jack’s Mother/Giant’s Wife, Jack and The Beanstalk, Opera Saratoga; Cendrillon, Cendrillon, Oklahoma City University

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Soprano

Kystyna Zywulska:Two Remain (2022)

Catherine Goode

Hometown: Friendswood, TX

Recently: Barbarina, Le nozze di Figaro, Virginia Opera; Amore, Orfeo ed Euridice, Kentucky Opera; Woglinde, Das Rheingold, Virginia Opera

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Soprano

Krysia:Two Remain (2022)

Gabrielle Barkidjija

Hometown: River Forest, IL

Recently: Dorabella, Cosi fan tutte, Boston University Opera Institute; Brittomara, If I were you, Boston University Opera Institute; Ada Lovelace, The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace, Boston University Opera Institute

2022:Apprentice Artist

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Zosia, Wala:Two Remain (2022)

Melanie Dubil

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Recently: Lapák/Mrs. Paskova, The Cunning Little Vixen, Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program; Anna I, Seven Deadly Sins, Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program; Mrs. Nolan, The Medium, Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program

2022:Studio Artist

Voice Type:Mezzo-Soprano

Edka:Two Remain (2022)

John Baril

Central City Opera Music Director

Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Rigoletto, 2021; Billy Budd, 2019; Encore: A Musical Revue, 2019 and 2018; Il trovatore, 2018

Recently: Rigoletto, Shreveport Opera; Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University; Les pêcheurs de perles, Toledo Opera

Conductor:Die Fledermaus (2022)

Co-Conductor:Two Remain (2022)

Brandon Eldredge

Central City Opera: Associate Conductor/Chorus Master, Carousel and Rigoletto, 2021; Conductor, Dido and Aeneas, 2021

Recently: Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master, Le nozze di FigaroThree DecembersDas Rheingold, Virginia Opera; Co-Conductor, La Bohème, Virginia Opera; Associate Conductor, The Sound of Music, Virginia Arts Festival; Cover Conductor, Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Co-Conductor:Two Remain (2022)

Associate Conductor/Chorus Master:The Light in the Piazza (2022)

Associate Conductor/Chorus Master:Die Fledermaus (2022)

Dan Wallace Miller

Director:Two Remain (2022)

James P. McGough

Central City Opera Debut

Recently: Resident Wig/Makeup Designer, Virginia Opera, 1998 - 2022; Wig and Makeup Artist, Porgy and Bess, Eugene Onegin, Pia de Tolomei, Spoleto Festival USA (2017 - 2019); Wig and Makeup Designer, Turandot, Carmen, La Traviata, Atlanta Opera, 2017 - 2019

Resident Wig/Makeup Designer and Supervisor:2022 Festival

Tickets for Two Remain are currently available for season subscribers. Single tickets will go on sale on April 1, 2022.

Performance Location

The Martin Foundry
212 Eureka Street
Central City, CO 80427

2022 Festival

Regional Premiere

Composer

Jake Heggie

Librettist:

Gene Scheer 

Sung In

English

Run Time

TBD (Approx. 1 hr 45 min)