The Rose Elf (opera)

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The Rose Elf
Based onFairy tale of The Elf of the Rose
6 June 2018 (2018-06-06)
Brooklyn, NY, USA

The Rose Elf is a chamber opera with music and libretto by David Hertzberg, based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. It premiered on June 6, 2018 at Green-Wood Cemetery’s Catacombs in Brooklyn, NY in a production directed by R.B. Schlather and conducted by Teddy Poll.[1] The opera's debut recording, starring mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey and conducted by Robert Kahn, will be released October 31, 2020 by Swan Studios NYC.[2]

Critical reception

Opera News called the work, "a compelling & welcome addition to the operatic canon."[3]

The Rose Elf was subsequently named among New York's Most Memorable Concerts of 2018,[4] and awarded Operavore's 'Freddie' Award for Best New Opera.[5]


  1. Lubow, Arthur; Tullo, Vincent (2018-06-01). "Is Opera Dying? No, But This One Is Staged Among the Dead". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  2. Desk, BWW News. "David Hertzberg's Dark Chamber Opera THE ROSE ELF Set for Release on Halloween". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  3. "You are being redirected..." Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  4. "New York's Most Memorable Concerts of 2018 | WQXR Editorial". WQXR. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  5. "The Sixth Annual Excellence in Opera (aka The Freddie) Awards | Operavore". WQXR. Retrieved 2020-09-17.

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