The Dybbuk is an opera in three acts by composer David Tamkin. The work uses an English libretto by Alex Tamkin, the composer's brother, which is based on S. Ansky’s Yiddish play of the same name. Composed in 1933, the work was not premiered until October 4, 1951 when it was mounted by the New York City Opera through the efforts of Laszlo Halasz. Prior to the premiere, excerpts from the work had been given in concert, both in Portland, Oregon (where Alex Tamkin lived) and in New York City. The opera was originally supposed to premiere at the New York City Opera in 1950 but was postponed for financial reasons. The opera was also performed at the Jewish Community Center in Seattle in 1963.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast,|
October 4, 1951
(Conductor: – Joseph Rosenstock)
|The Messenger||baritone||Lawrence Winters|
|Rabbi Azrael||baritone||Mack Harrell|
|Elderly Woman||contralto||Eunice Alberts|
|1st Batlon||tenor||Nathaniel Sprinzena|
|2nd Batlon||bass||Richard Wentworth|
|3rd Batlon||tenor||Michael Pollock|
|Rabbi Mendel||tenor||Luigi Vellucci|
- "The Dybbuk". TIME. October 15, 1951. Retrieved April 6, 2017. (First sentences only, full text is paywalled)
- Seattle Post Intelligencer, Jan 8, 1963, page 7
- Olin Downes (October 5, 1951). "CITY OPERA OFFERS 'DYBBUK' PREMIERE; Performance of Tamkin Work Has Rounseville, Sprinzenza, Neway, Winters in Leads". The New York Times. Retrieved May 18, 2009.