Music: The Dybbuk

In Jewish lore, a "dybbuk" is the soul of someone who dies without fulfilling his destiny; to earn eternal rest, the soul must return to earth and find fulfillment in the body of somebody else. The Dybbuk of Russian Playwright S. Ansky has been an international stage classic for 30 years. A lot of people were sure it would make first-class opera, but all attempts seemed to end in failure.

Two Oregon-born brothers, Alex and David Tamkin, finished an operatic version in 1933. Met Conductor Artur Bodanzky saw it and liked it, but died...

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