A Fidler aft Dakh

August 22, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Fiddler on the Roof, one of the most renowned musicals of all time, will premiere at the Sydney Opera House in an award-winning production performed entirely in Yiddish.

The Broadway cast

It is one of two Jewish-themed operas to be performed by Opera Australia in 2020, the other being Halevey’s La Juive.

Celebrated as authentic and emotionally impactful, A Fidler afn Dakh comes to Australia after multiple sold-out seasons in New York and worldwide critical acclaim. The cast is yet to be announced.

Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish was directed on Broadway by iconic Broadway star Joel Grey, son of one of the greatest Yiddish entertainers of last century Mickey Katz.

Fiddler on the Roof, one of the most renowned musicals of all time, will be brought to life at the Sydney Opera House in September 2020 and Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in November, in a new production performed entirely in Yiddish. I

Experience Fiddler on the Roof in a new way.

Following sold-out seasons in New York, a unique, authentic language version of this much-loved musical theatre classic directed by Oscar and Tony Award winner Joel Grey, A Fidler afn Dakh “strikes a deep emotional chord” and “offers a kind of authenticity no other American Fiddler ever has” (The NewYork Times).

Fiddler on the Roof has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences around the world for over 55 years with its humour, warmth and honesty. It follows the heart-warming journey of a family whose traditions are turned upside down as the modern world starts to affect life in their idyllic village. This classic tale is a celebration of life, love, family and ultimately a story of hope.

One of the most renowned musicals of all time, the original Broadway production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. With book by Joseph Stein and based on Sholem Aleichem’sclassic Yiddish stories, Fiddler on the Roof’s celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick features songs including Traditsye (Tradition), Mattshmaker (Matchmaker) and Ven Ikh Bin A Rotshild (If I Were A Rich Man).

Don’t miss the beloved story of a community and its struggle to balance traditions and desires in a changing world. The little town of Anatevka will bustle like you’ve never heard it before.

“This soul-piercing Fiddler demands to be seen” – Hollywood Reporterfiddlerontheroof.com.au

Performed in Yiddish with English surtitles
Based on Sholem Alechiem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Yiddish Translation by Shraga Friedman.

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said: “We are very excited to continue Opera Australia’s mission of telling narrative through music and drama next year with these two wonderful classical musicals. I saw Fiddler on the Roof at the Jewish Museum in New York, and know Opera audiences will be fascinated to experience this new version.”

Performance Times
Waitlist now at fiddlerontheroof.com.au


Performance Times
Waitlist now at fiddlerontheroof.com.au

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
10 September – 31 October
Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 1pm, Sun 3pm

Comedy Theatre, Melbourne
From 15 November
Tues 7pm, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 3pm

La Juive


The grand French opera La Juive by Jacques Fromental Halevy depicts a dangerous affair in 1930s France. This is its Australian premiere.

In a city gripped by religious fanaticism, a Jewish goldsmith and his daughter face the perils of being outsiders. A great secret could save their lives – or else bring death and revenge. One of the great achievements of French opera, Fromental Halévy’s La Juive was controversial from the start. For some an insult to religion and the state, for others a plea for tolerance, it is above all a human tragedy about a persecuted family.

La Juive stars a raft of performers developed by Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program including Natalia Aroyan, Stacey Alleaume, Shanul Sharma and Richard Anderson. A co-production with Opera de Lyon, La Juiveoffers a rarity of two sopranos, two tenors and a world-class bass all in leading roles.

Sydney Opera House, July 14 – July 18


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