The opera State of the Jews follows Theodor Herzl in the last year of his life, as his efforts to secure a Jewish homeland become increasingly desperate. It includes scenes from the Sixth Zionist congress, in which Herzl proposes Uganda as a possible land for Jewish settlement, and Herzl’s visit with Pope Pius X, in which he seeks the Pope’s support for a Jewish State. Interwoven with this public historical narrative is the more intimate story of Theodor’s conflicted relationship with his wife, Julie Herzl, and the toll his political views and activities took on their family life.
Preview performance video available upon request. Please email WeiserEarMusic@gmail.comRead More About State of the Jews: Asylum Arts Magazine: State of the Jews: An Opera by Alex Weiser and Ben Kaplan LABA Journal: Reconsidering Julie Herzl, Theodor's Unhappy Wife The Daily Beast: For Some Jews, Yiddish History Is Sanctuary. For Others, It's 'Dangerous.' LABA Journal: State of the Jews The Jewish Week: A N.Y.C. Opera Will Give Herzl's Wife A Star Turn The Times of Israel: State of the Jews: The Operatic Life of Herzl Forverts: New Opera About Theodor Herzl Explores His Complex Nature [Yiddish] Forward: New Opera About Theodor Herzl Explores His Complex Nature [English] The Algemeiner: Theodor Herzl at the Opera kan reshet bet: Omer Ben Rubi im tarbut yom vav [Hebrew] Jewish Journal: A Glimpse of Zion