UK composer wins back opera rights from Miramax

UK composer wins back opera rights from Miramax


norman lebrecht

April 21, 2022

The young composer Noah Max has written an opera on the Holocaust memoir, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Harvey Weinstein’s former company, which filmed the story, told him that it owned all rights and would not release opera permissions for less than a million dollars.

Noah just won his fight.

But he had to change the title.

Story here.


  • paul says:

    correction, the boy in the striped pajamas is not a memoir. it’s a novel. and even goes so far as to call itself a fable lest people mistake it for historical fiction.

    • CancukPlayer says:

      It is a story where the audience is supposed to sympathize with the Nazis. There is no point for anyone to see/read it at all.

  • Akutagawa says:

    Contrived nonsense of a book became contrived nonsense of a movie, I’m not holding out much hope that the opera will be any better.

    Good on him for taking on Miramax and winning though.

  • RW2013 says:

    Very moving film.
    It so does not need to be operaized.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Here is some music by Mr Max:

    That was clearly crap, but this is much better – ‘going traditional’, of a kind:

    It shows how difficult it is to use traditional means and creating a coherent whole. But it shows a very promising talent, nonetheless.

    Here is some information about Mr Max:

  • JT Williams says:

    The way the headline is written it reads as though the composer owned the original rights to the story. “Wins back”?