NEW YORK CITY OPERA

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
RICKY IAN GORDON’S

“THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS”

Libretto by MICHAEL KORIE

Based on the novel by GIORGIO BASSANI
Directed and choreographed by RICHARD STAFFORD

a co-production with
NATIONAL YIDDISH THEATRE FOLKSBIENE

APRIL 2021

AT EDMOND J. SAFRA HALL, FOLKSBIENE’S THEATRICAL HOME, LOCATED INSIDE
THE MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE – A LIVING MEMORIAL TO THE HOLOCAUST

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The story of an aristrocratic Italian-Jewish family, the Finzi-Continis, who believe they will be immune to the changes happening around them on the eve of World War II

Based on Giorgio Bassani’s 1962 novel (which was also the basis for Vittorio De Sica’s 1970 Oscar-winning film), THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS is set on the eve of World War II and tells the story of an aristocratic Italian-Jewish family, the Finzi-Continis, who believe they will be immune to the changes happening around them. As they make a gracious haven for themselves in their garden, walling out the unpleasantness of the world outside, Italy forms its alliance with Germany and begins to enforce anti-Semitic racial laws. But the Finzi-Continis discover too late that no one is immune, no one is untouchable.

“We are proud to co-produce the world premiere of The Garden of The Finzi-Continis by Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie,” said Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. “This important new work illuminates an important part of Italian Jewish history, and sadly, its themes of discrimination and antisemitism still resonate in our world today.”

“THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS continues New York City Opera’s mission to produce new and important works by American composers,” said Mr. Capasso. “We hope that with the spring there will be an abatement to the protocoals placed upon all of us due to the Covid-19 pandemic which will allow New York audiences to discover this new work.”

Creative Team

Music by
Ricky Ian Gordon

Libretto by
Michael Korie, based on the novel by Giorgio Bassani

Directed and choreographed by
Richard Stafford

Conductor:
To be announced

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