Peter Brathwaite, originator of the idea for Effigies of Wickedness (Songs Banned by the Nazis), and Michael Haas, author of Forbidden Music – The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis talk about the ideas and research that sparked the project and offer a further insight into the stories and politics of an explosive era that still resonates today.
About Peter Brathwaite
Manchester born baritone Peter Brathwaite graduated with a first-class degree in Philosophy and Fine Art from Newcastle University and holds a Master’s with distinction from the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Russell Smythe at the RCM International Opera School. He continued his training at the Flanders Opera Studio, Ghent. He is the recipient of a 2016/17 International Opera Awards Bursary and the 2016 English Touring Opera Chris Ball Bursary. Other prizes include a Peter Moores Foundation Major Award and an Independent Opera Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Churchill Fellow, and an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
About Michael Haas
Michael Haas, multi Grammy award winning recording producer, author and musicologist, was responsible for Decca’s recording series “Entartete Musik” in the 1990s. He was music curator at Vienna’s Jewish Museum until 2008 and published “Forbidden Music – The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis” for Yale University press in 2013. Since 2016, he has worked as Senior Researcher and co-chair of “exil.arte”, Europe’s only centre dedicated to the recovery of music lost during the Nazi years, based in Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts.
This event is free but ticketed. It will take place after Friday 4 May performance of Effigies of Wickedness (Songs Banned by the Nazis).