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Ashmedai - Hamburg 1971, Helmut Melchert as the King. (Photo: Elisabeth Speidel)

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COMP.
YEAR
WORKDETAILSTIME
[IMI Cat.]
PREMIERELINKSהיצירה
1955Saul at Ein Doropera concertante.
Text: Books of Samuel I, 28: 3-25
26'
[6617]
Michael Taube
(1955, Tel Aviv)
Freudenthal (1957)
Bertini (Short Exerpt)
Mnscrpt (H+E+D) (I)(II)
Vocal Score Mnscrpt (H+E+D)
Score (H+E+D)
Tal notes (D)
Tal Text & Pretext (E)(D)(H)
Tal Tonspur p. 175 (D)
concert note (E)(F)
טל: עד יוסף 240+175 (H)
טל: הערה על היצירה (H)
טל: הערה לקונצרט (H)
Reviews (E)(H)
שאול בעין דור - אופרה קונצרטית
1958Amnon and Tamarlibretto:
Recha Freier, after Samuel II, 13
20'
[Heinrichs- hofens Verlag GmbH]
Heinz Freudenthal
(1961, Jerusalem)
Freudenthal (1961)
Libretto (H)
Mnscrpt Ptl.
vocal score
Tal (D, E)(H)
Tal Text & Pretext (E)(D)(H)
טל: הערה על היצירה (H)
Reviews (D)(H)
publisher's website
אמנון ותמר
1969Ashmedailibretto:
Israel Eliraz
120'
[109]
Gary Bertini / Leopold Lindtberg
(1971, Hamburg)
Bertini Hamburg (1971) - Excerpt
Bertini NY (1976) - Excerpt
Synopsis (E) (D)
Libretto (H)
Manuscript (Act I) (Act II)
score (first page)
Tal Text & Pretext (E)(D) (H)
Tal - The Contemporary Opera (E)(D) (F)
Reviews (E)(D)
אלירז – במה 52 - 1972 (H)
טל: מבט אחורה (H)
טל לשליטא (H)
ראיון עם טל (H) (H)
Scharbert 1975 (D)
Tal How-My-Opera-was-Born (E)
אשמדאי
1972Massada 967libretto:
Israel Eliraz
100'
[240]
Gary Bertini / Leonard Schach
(1973, Jerusalem)
Excerpt Bertini (1973)

Excerpt Bertini (1973)


Libretto (H) (E)
Eliraz Synopsis and notes (H)
Score (H)
Tal Text & Pretext (E)(D) (H)
Eliraz note (E)
רחה פריאר - טסטימוניום (H)
טל: דברי הסבר (H)
טל לשליטא (H)
טל לבהט (H)
Tal: Self Portrait (E) (D)
Tal: Die -Conservative Revolution- (D)
letter (D)
Premiere notes (E)(H)
Reviews (E)(D)
(H) (יידיש)
מצדה
1974The Temptation
(Die Versuchung)
libretto:
Israel Eliraz
120'
[292]
Gary Bertini / Götz Friedrich
(1976, München)
Bertini Act I - Hans Keller BBC commentary, 2-4-1977

Keller
Bertini Act II - Hans Keller BBC commentary, 2-4-1977

Keller
Manuscript (Act I) (Act II)
Tal Text & Pretext (E) (D)(H)
Tal note (D) + synopsis (D) (E) (F)
Tal: Schoepfergeist und Interpretation (D)
אלירז/טל: הערות (H)
Friedrich note (D)
Reviews (D)(E)(H)

הנסיון
1983The Tower
(Der Turm)
libretto:
Hans Keller
100'
[6453]
Ádám Fischer / Siegfried Schoenbohm/ Rainer Winter
(1987, Berlin)
Excerpt Fischer (1987)

Fischer
Libretto (D)
Manuscript (Act I)(Act II)
The Musician as Librettist (E)
Tal about Der Turm (D)
Reviews (D) (E) (H)

המגדל
1987The Garden
(Der Garten)
libretto:
Israel Eliraz
50'
[6582]
Irmgard Schleier / Peter Löscher
(1988, Hamburg)
Berger-Gorski (Bonn, 2015)
Berger-Gorski (Esch, 2016) Starts at 25'30''
Eliraz - Libretto (H)
Mnscrpt (E+D)
אלירז (H)
Tal (D)
Tal Interview (D)
Reviews (E) (D)
הגן
1993Joseflibretto:
Israel Eliraz
120'
[6970]
David Alden / Gary Bertini
(1995, Tel Aviv)
Bertini (1995) (H)

Oskamp
Eliraz - Synopsis (E) (H)
Eliraz - Libretto (H) (D) (E)
Mnscrpt ACT I ACT II
Score (H) ACT I ACT II
Score (D) ACT I ACT II
גארי ברתיני (H)
Tal: Autobiographische Betrachtung (D)
Reviews (E) (H) (D)

יוסף

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Front cover of first edition (1957) - Saul, woodcut by Jacob Steinhardt

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