Elijah’s Violin has been performed in San Francisco and North Carolina in semi-staged and workshop productions. The opera is available for a fully staged world premiere.
Elijah’s Violin is a family opera in one act, adapted from a Jewish fairy tale.* It features a magical violin which can release the imprisoned melodies of the heart.
When Princess Shulamit is imprisoned in stone by a mirror demon, her brother Prince Raphael and his friend Zohara look for help. Embedded with mindful breathing and audience participation, the opera follows Rafi and Zohara, in their search for Elijah and his magical violin. In the process, they learn to overcome fears and doubts, and along with Shulamit, discover the liberating power of the heart’s true song.
Music by Meira Warshauer. Libretto by Susan Levi Wallach and Meira Warshauer.
*Adapted from the title story Elijah’s Violin, in Elijah’s Violin and other Jewish Fairy Tales, retold by Howard Schwartz, Harper and Rowe, 1983. Mr. Schwartz found the story in the archives of the Hebrew University in Israel, and notes its source as oral tradition, Egypt.
- Audio recording of piano/vocal opera-in-progress by FBN Productions, Inc., Ellen Schlaefer, Director, Columbia, SC, 2017
- Workshop performance of opera-in-progress with narrator, university and professional singers, professional chamber ensemble, costumes, no staging. UNC-WOOP! (University of North Carolina Wilmington Opera Outreach Project), Nancy King, Director, presented by Temple of Israel, Wilmington, NC, 2018
- Partially staged production with professional singers and instrumentalists, Yefim Maizel, Stage Director, Jonathan Khuner, Music Director and Conductor, presented by the Interfaith Chapel at the Presidio, San Francisco, CA, 2019. (View Program)