Come and learn more about the production! A 30 minute pre-performance introduction lecture (in Hebrew) one hour before each performance begins.
בר ניווט לשוניות
About the show
Original Israeli opera by David Sebba
Libretto: the composer and verses from the book of Genesis
|Director||Shirit lee Weiss|
|Set Designer||Michael Kremenko|
|Costume Designer||Maya Meidar Moran|
|Lighting Designer||Nadav Barnea|
|Leah||Shaked Strul / Anat Czarny|
|Hagar||Shaked Strul / Anat Czarny|
|Lot's Wife||Natasha Manor|
|Lot's First Daughter||Roni Einav / Michal Weinberg|
|Lot's Second Daughter||Lena Freifel|
|Zilpha||Lilian Shelly Roth|
|Potiphar's Wife||Lena Freifel|
|Noah's Wife||Natasha Manor|
Sung in Hebrew
English & Hebrew Surtitles
Performance Length: one hour and 15 minutes with no intermission
A coproduction with Gesher Theatre
- We thank Tova & Sami Sagol for supporting the production and for their long life friendship -
"The mothers you did not remember and barely gave us a name," the mothers of the book of Genesis present themselves: "We silently donated our wombs to the Bible."
God, in a soprano voice, confesses: "I loved to hate and loved to love… I enjoyed discriminating, choosing preferring… I murdered thousands because I was insulted."
In a short aria a nameless mother expresses her biblical mission: "The promise given to him while I was asleep…myself, myself."
Sarah banished Hagar and Ishmael to the desert.
The symbolic biblical place for a rendezvous – the well. By the well in the scorching heat of the desert the women, who are not as strong as the male shepherds are, must give drink to their children.
God, in a sarcastic jealousy aria of Eve "because only women talk to snakes. They are faithful as the wind, they will sacrifice all… for an apple."
Lot's daughters tell their mother how Lot, their father, Was willing to give them to the maddening crowd in Sodom to do with them as they wish. Lot's wife understands what her husband has done, she cannot bare the shame and the horror and decides to turn back.
After Jacob stole the .. from Esau and fled to Aram, Rebekah sings a lullaby to Esau in which she confesses her part in the stealth and that "mother loves you…but less."
Potiphar's wife lusts for Joseph. She is "hot, desperate" and wants him "like a man's wife."
The sisters Rachel and Lea, the wives of Jacob, meet after their father switched them and confess to each other: "How I cried, when he looked at me and called: It was not you I waited for, it wasn’t' you I wanted."
The handmaids Zilpa and Bilha understand that their children have to stand upfront in the camp and defend with their bodies their brothers who were born to Lea and Rachel, as Esau is marching towards them with his soldiers.
The sacrifice of Isaac from the perspective of Sarah. The mother,who was never asked or told about the planned sacrifice of her lone child, ends the aria with her own sacrifice.
Noah's wife tries to come to terms with the new world after the flood, a world "so full of corpses…people and animals," and asks,"was it worth it to drown everything?'
All women, "the mothers you did not remember," meet God who ends the opera with the words: "I have no more pity."