Yehuda Nir’s “Lost Childhood” commemorated on his 80th Birthday

May 6, 2010

Lost Childhood book cover

Yehuda Nir as a boy on the cover of his memoir "The Lost Childhood"

Dr. Yehuda Nir, Holocaust survivor and author of the memoir “The Lost Childhood”, celebrated his 80th birthday last week amongst a crowd of friends and family.  Nir’s tragic childhood remembrance inspired librettist Mary Azrael and composer Janice Hamer to create the operatic version of “Lost Childhood”– a riveting full-length performance based on Yehuda Nir’s plight, and conversations with Gottfried Wagner (great-grandson of Richard Wagner).  American Opera Projects commissioned the opera in 2001, and has nurtured its development throughout the following years.  AOP presented a staged workshop of the opera for the first time  on July 29,2007, to rave reviews.

Selections of “The Lost Childhood” were performed in honor of Yehuda’s 80th birthday at The Box on Chrystie Street.  Nearly one hundred of Yehuda Nir’s admirers and close friends were said to be in attendance.  AOP for its own part, delighted at participating in the celebrations and sharing of a great operatic work.

Read the full Huffington Post article here.

Lost Childhood enthralls Tel Aviv audiences and press in July workshop

October 9, 2007

Lost Childhood Tel Aviv“[Lost Childhood is] a powerful work which deserves to be presented many more times in Israel and the world over.” – Ora Binur, Maariv.

On July 29, the Janice Levin Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Israel was filled over capacity as audiences packed in for a chance to hear the first fully-staged workshop of Lost Childhood by Janice Hamer and Mary Azrael. The opera commissioned by AOP received huge ovations from a tearful crowd and raves from the press which can be downloaded here and here.

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