Menu JTA Search

New Opera’s Libretto Based on Leivik’s “golem” Drama

An opera, the libretto of which is based on H. Leivik’s Yiddish drama, “The Golem,” will be presented by the Chicago Civic Opera Company, probably during the coming season. The opera is being written by M. Van Grove, conductor of the Chicago Opera Company. After being shown in Chicago, the opera will be presented on the stage of the New York Metropolitan Opera House.

The story of “The Golem” deals with the legend of the Frankenstein, or man-serving robot, which Rabbi Loew of Prague, who lived at the end of the 16th century, is supposed to have created. He is said to have used his “golem” as a servant on week-days, and extracted the Shem (the holy name of God written on a piece of paper) from the “golem’s” mouth every Friday afternoon, so as to let it rest on the Sabbath.