Anti-capitalist opera to receive US premiere

Anti-capitalist opera to receive US premiere


norman lebrecht

September 30, 2016

Composer Eugene Birman had the intended premiere of his opera, State of the Union, cancelled by a conductor at Latvian Radio on the grounds that it was too hostile to free market economics.

‘I am an ex-Soviet soldier,’ said the conductor. ‘I am truly thankful for the life that I can have now in comparison to 30 years ago, and I am sick of leftist nostalgia.’

The opera will be performed tonight in Marquette, Michigan, moving on to New York, where it will play at Trinity Church, off Wall Street.

That’s freedom for you.

Report here.




  • Beaumont says:

    Great conductor – would like to hear more of him!

  • John Borstlap says:

    I posted some links to the nostalgic, sixties leftwing works of Birman, but this seems to have been considered unworthy of SD.