Jane Herman Communications Inc.

June 20, 2005 09:00 ET

Innovative Productions Highlight THREE RINGS PROJECT Arts Festival

July 3-6, Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 20, 2005) - Judy Kopelow's innovative musical productions of Children of a Vanished World and the Udo Zimmerman opera White Rose will be performed as part of the Three Rings Festival at the historic Spanish Synagogue in Prague, Czech Republic this summer, July 3 through July 6. Created, producted and directed by Judy Kopelow, this acclaimed production of Children of a Vanished World brings to life Roman Vishniac's haunting and powerful images, captured under difficult conditions, of the once-vibrant culture in pre-war eastern Europe that tragically vanished. Over 70 Vishniac photographs are LCD projected 10 x 14 feet on the stage, accompanied by Yiddish folk songs by soprano Marta Matulewicz and tenor Joey Niceforo, accompanied by members of the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra with original arrangements by Sabatino Vacca.The renowned contemporary German composer Udo Zimmerman's one-act opera White Rose tells the tragic story of brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl, members of the University of Munich student resistance group White Rose in Germnay during World War II. This network of students wrote and printed protest leaflets against Hitler's regime from a small, hidden press, and distributed them on university campuses across Germany. Set in a Munich prison in 1943 just a few hours before their execution, the opera draws on letters and diary extracts to thell their tragic yet inspiring story. White Rose also features Marta Matulewicz as Sophie and Joey Niceforo as Hans with members of the Hradek Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra. Sabatino Vacca conducts and Judy Kopelow stage directs, adapting the production to the pulpit of the Spanish Synagogue.These productions mark the international debut for Vacca and Kopelow. Plans are in the works for further productions in Warsaw, Berlin, New York and Jerusalem.Tickets are available at the Spanish Synagogue, Vezenska 1, Prague, Czech Republic prior to performances.

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