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The World Premiere Screening of "The Golem of Prague"

  • Date & Time
    • Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Description

    Music by Paul Richards
    Libretto by Sidney Homan
    Directed by Anthony Offerle
    Orchestra Conducted by Matthew Wardell

    In March 2020, the University of Florida Opera Theatre was in the final stages of presenting the world premiere of The Golem of Prague, a new work composed for the program by UF Professor Paul Richards. The opera, three years in the making, would have been the first School of Music stage presentation at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville.  

    One week prior to the first dress rehearsal, the COVID-19 pandemic paused all in-person performances.    

    An ambitious plan to bring the opera to life in an innovative and safe format began to take shape. With the support of the College of the Arts, the School of Music, and the UF Digital Worlds Institute, a multi-level partnership was built, bringing together nine colleges, units, and community collaborators to turn the stage production into a film.  

    Following consultation with University of Florida epidemiologists and members of the UF COVID-19 advisory team, the team performed under strict social distancing and masking protocols. Performers separately recorded singing parts and their camera appearances, lip-syncing to pre-recorded tracks. 

    After a year of post-production, we are thrilled to premiere the first-ever UF Opera Theatre film, The Golem of Prague.  

    Our generous supporters

    Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A.
    Dr. Sally Ryden
    Jim and Sharon Theriac
    Vince and Jennifer LaRuffa

    Our talented collaborators

    College of the Arts
    College of Journalism and Communications
    Digital Worlds Institute
    School of Theatre and Dance
    School of Music
    University of Florida Performing Arts
    The Ocala Symphony Orchestra
    Hippodrome State Theatre

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