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synagogue interior 22 NOV 2004,19h                                                                        

Great Synagogue                                                                                                

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symphony's idea


richard edlinger



Artists of Holocaust Symphony THE TRAIN

  Composer and Conductor  RICHARD EDLINGER                 


The Chief conductor of the United Philharmonic Vienna accomplished his studies at the Vienna Musikhochschule in 1982. Among his teachers figure Professor Karl Österreicher, Hans Swarowsky, Militiades Caridis, Witold Rowicki and Milan Horvat. He obtained his first success as the award winner of the “Premio Cantelli” at the Milanese Scala, the Austrian Radio and Broadcasting Company ORF-Salzburg and many others. Richard Edlinger has realized many concert tours through nearly all European States, the United States and also Asia. He has cooperated with orchestras such as the Budapest Philharmonic, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the “Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler”, the Silesian State Philharmonic, the Radio  Philharmonic Orchestra of Bratislava (Slovakia) and Bukarest, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taipeh, the Vienna Volksoper Symphony Orchestra and many others.In 1987 he and the Austrian opera singer Heinz Holecek founded the festival of Kamptal (Kamptalfestspiele) in the Danube region. In the context of opera performances he conducted at the Vienna Kammeroper, the summer festival “Mozart in Schönbrunn”, the Opera houses of Stuttgart, Saarbrücken, Luzern, the Teatro Nacional San Carlos in Lisbon, the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires and the summer festival of Mörbisch in the Austrian province of Burgenland.

His tour through Japan with “The Bat” of Johann Strauss son, the new years concert of 2000 at Suntory Hall in Tokyo and his Asia tour with the Symphonic orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper illustrate his wide range of conducting skills.

He also conducted two open air concerts at the Viennese event “Donauinselfest” in front of 100 000 listeners and a brilliant open air concert at the pyramids of Cairo.

Furthermore, Richard Edlinger managed the first recordings with numerous broadcasting companies, such as the German WDR. He also had his own works like the ballet music “Reaktionen” recorded. Apart from his various activities as a conductor, documented by his CD productions with EMI, Marco Polo and Naxos, since 1995 he is also in charge of the master class for conductors at the Vienna Music Seminar.


Maximilian Schell, Narrator                                                                                    The legendary Oscar-Winner Maximilian Schell has received countless awards and other honors in the course of his exceptional acting career. In addition to six Oscar nominations, he has won three New York Film Critics Awards, several Golden Globes and the Deutscher Filmpreis seven times.

Schell was born in Vienna, the son of the Swiss poet Hermann Ferdinand Schell and his Austrian wife, the actress Margarethe Noé von Nordberg. In 1938 the family was forced to flee the city, and Schell grew up in Switzerland. His career as a stage actor began in 1954, and Hollywood film roles followed in 1958: he debuted as the counterpart of Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift in THE YOUNG LIONS (directed by Edward Dmytryk. Only three years later, he received an Oscar for the best actor for his leading role in Stanley Kramer’s JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG. This honor was followed by Oscar nominations as best actor for his performance in THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH (directed by Arthur Hiller) and as the best supporting actor in JULIA (directed by Fred Zinnemann).

His international successes include TOPKAPI (directed by Jules Dassin), LITTLE ODESSA (directed by James Gray), THE DEADLY AFFAIR (directed by Sidney Lumet), THE CONDOMNED OF ALTONA (directed by Vittorio de Sica), SIMON BOLIVAR (directed by Alessandro Blasetti), THE ODESSA FILE (directed by Ronald Neame), CROSS OF IRON (directed by Sam Peckinpah), A BRIDGE TOO FAR (directed by Richard Attenborough), THE CHOSEN (directed by Jeremy Kagan), THE ROSE GARDEN (directed by Fons Rademakers) and several German films such as MAN UNDER SUSPICION (directed by Norbert Kückelmann), THE CASTLE (directed by Rudolf Noelte), JUSTICE (based on a work by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and directed by Hans W. Geißendörfer) and THROUGH ROSES (directed by Jürgen Flimm).

In 1991 Schell once again worked with Marlon Brando in THE FRESHMAN, his first comic role in an American production and he starred in TELLING LIES IN AMERIKA, which was written by Joe Eszterhas. Later, in 1998, Schell appeared in LEFT LUGGAGE (directed by Jeroen Krabbé) with Isabella Rosselini. Two of his most recent commercial successes were in 1998 in the Steven Spielberg production DEEP IMPACT (directed by Mimi Leder) and in 1999 in John Carpenter’s VAMPIRES. The year 2000 brought Henry Jaglom’s FESTIVAL IN CANNES (with Anouk Aimée and Greta Scacchi) and the American Masterpiece Theatre production of Willa Cather’s THE SONG OF THE LARK.

Schell’s career as a director is equally impressive and has been honored with three Oscar nominations for FIRST LOVE, based on Ivan Turgenev’s work and THE PEDESTRIAN. Schell wrote, produced and directed the latter, which received 49 international awards, including a Golden Globe. Other films that Schell directed include Dürrenmatt’s END OF THE GAME, the film adaption of Ödön von Horváth’s TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS and his documentary MARLENE, which was also nominated for an Oscar and received the New York Film Critics Award and the National Board of Review Award. MARLENE, a film collage, is considered unique and the first example of a new film style. All the works Schell directed have received the German Federal Awards.

Schell was nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production MISS ROSE WHITE (directed by Joseph Sargent). His performance as Lenin in HBO’s STALIN (directed by Ivan Passer) was honored with the Golden Globe and the Cable Ace Award and he was later nominated for an Emmy as best supporting actor. Schell played the titles roles in a German television production of HAMLET and starred in the Emmy award-winning four-part series PETER THE GREAT. His HAMLET was selected by Trevor Nunn for his documentary entitled THE GREAT HAMLETS OF OUR TIME, placing Schell’s performance in a league with those of Laurence Olivier, Jean Louis Barrault, Alec Guinnes and Vittorio Gassmann.

While he is famous primarily for his film work, Schell has remained devoted to the theatre. In 1958 he debuted on Broadway in Ira Levin’s INTERLOCK. Later, in 1965, he starred in John Osborne’s A PATRIOT FOR ME, first in London at the Royal Court Theatre and then on Broadway. He appeared as HAMLET twice, first under the direction of the legendary Gustaf Gründgens and then under his own direction in Munich. In 1966 he served in a number of capacities for four premieres within the space of a single month: in a dual role in Goldoni’s THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS at Vienna’s Theatre in der Josefstadt; as the director of Pirandello’s ALL FOR THE BEST; as a writer of the play HEROSTRAT, which debuted in Bochum; and as the translator of A PATRIOT FOR ME (directed by Peter Zadek), which premiered in Bremen. For no less than five years, from 1978 to 1982, Schell appeared as EVERYMAN at the Salzburg Festival.

In 1992 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Spertus College of Judaica in Chicago and taught at the University of Southern California as a visiting professor. Bertelsmann Verlag published his first novel, entitled DER REBELL in 1997. He was applauded on Broadway in the spring of 2001 in a production of JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG and directed Wagner’s LOHENGRIN in Los Angeles at the request of Placido Domingo in 2001, which was a great success.

While the fact might not be widely known, Maximilian Schell also possesses great musical talent. Conductor Leonard Bernstein claimed that he is a "remarkably good pianist," and Schell has worked with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on a number of occasions. Their performance of Arnold Schönbergs A SURVIVOR FROM WARSAW in Jerusalem for example, was unforgettable. Another joint work was a performance of Stravinsky’s OEDIPUS REX in Chicago, which Schell repeated with James Levine in Salzburg, Esa Pekka Salonen in Los Angeles and Christoph von Dohnányi in Cleveland.

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  JUDIT RAJK, Mother

Judit Rajk (contralto) obtained her diploma in singing at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music where now she is working on her doctor's degree and teaching at the Church Music Department.

She is a concert singer and a singer of lied and other varieties of song. She is currently a freelance artist, her musical sympathies extend from the baroque repertoire to the music of contemporary composers. She sang in the premieres of numerous contemporary works, some of them were directly dedicated to her.

Ms. Rajk has performed as a soloist with several orchestras in Hungary and abroad. Her first CD at Hungaroton Classic was published in 2000 with the main role of the contemporary opera "Roman Fever" by Gyula Fekete, and received an outstanding review in the Opera News Magazine.



Adrian Eröd (Baritone) was born in 1970 in Vienna. He did his    singing studies at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende     Kunst in Vienna with Professor Franz Lukasovsky and Kammersänger Walter Berry. In 1996 he graduated with "unanimous honours" . Between 1993 and 1995 Adrian Eröd was awarded several prizes in Austria, Japan and Poland, in 1996 he was a finalist and prize winner for the best Austrian participant at the XV International Belvedere Competition in Vienna, and 1998 he received the Eberhard-Waechter-Medal for his outstanding performances of Billy Budd and Count Almaviva.

As a concert-singer, Adrian Eröd's repertoire includes Orff's Carmina Burana, Bach's St Matthew-Passion, Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms, Mendelssohn’s Elias and Haydn's Seasons. In 2002 he performed Bach's St Matthew Passion with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and in the 2004/05 season he will sing under Maestro Riccardo Muti in Vienna and the Vatican as well as with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

He works with artists such as Marcello Viotti, Fabio Luisi, Eri Klas, Thomas Hengelbrock, Dennis Russell Davies, Uri Caine, Daniel Hope and Klaus-Maria Brandauer.

After his acclaimed debut 2001 in the Vienna Staatsoper in the role of Mercutio in a new production of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette with Neil Shicoff and Stefania Bonfadelli being his partners he was offered a contract there, and since the 2003/2004 season he is a company member of the Vienna Staatsoper. He sings roles like Papageno, Figaro/II Barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello, Guglielmo, Silvio/Pagliacci, Billy Budd and Albert/Werther.

Before this Mr Eröd was a member of the Landestheater in Linz and the Volksoper in Vienna, performing Guglielmo/Cosi fan tutte, Dandini/La Cenerentola, Billy Budd, Procolo in Donizetti's Viva la mamma, Figaro/II Barbiere di Siviglia, Olivier/Capriccio, Conte Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Dr Falke/Die Fledermaus and others. In 1999 he celebrated a resounding success in the male title role in Debussy's Pelléas et Melisande.

In 2003 he was invited by the Teatro La Fenice in Venice to sing the role of Harlekin in a new production of Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.


László Fekete has been the chief cantor of Dohány Street Synagogue since 1989. He appeard as a soloist in synagogue choirs and later played comic bass main roles in Italian operas at the Folk Theater of Budapest. The people who influenced him most were: Emil Ádám, Chief Rabbi Dr. Alfréd Schőner, and the singer Sári Ráday; he also participated in the master classes of Cantor Yitzchak Eshel. Cantor Fekete sings at concerts, has made several CD recordings, participated in radio sand TV programs, and has made appearances in films. His repertoire spans from compositions for cantors to songs and arias of musical works, Jewish music themes, and Jewish folk songs in Yiddish, Ladino, and Hungarian. In recent years he sang with the Odessa Klezmer Band as well. In addition to being a teacher at the Jewish Teological Seminary and University for Jewish Studies in Budapest, He was also the director-editor of the First Jewish Music Conference in Hungary. He preformed at concerts and led services in numerous countries in Europe, as well as in Israel and Japan.