Sparks of Glory: Another Sunrise
Jake Heggie’s Another Sunrise, sung by soprano Corinna Quilliam, is an intense musical drama that tells the extraordinary story of Krystyna Zywulska. With her mother, Krystyna walked out of the Warsaw ghetto in broad daylight. As a member of the Polish resistance, she counterfeited identity cards and other documents. She was captured by the Gestapo in 1943 and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she wrote satiric poems that circulated secretly and became camp anthems of resistance. The program also includes the stunning Duo by Erwin Schulhoff, an iconoclastic innovator whose politics and avant-garde musical ideas were shaped by his disillusionment after World War I. Before the MOR ensemble takes the stage at SAM, MOR Artistic Director Mina Miller will share musical and historical commentary about the works to be performed, illuminating the Holocaust’s extraordinary musical legacy.