East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil - 92Y, New York

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Inflection Series

East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil

East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil

The first event in 92Y’s new Inflection series and a US premiere.

This remarkable work based on the award-winning book by human rights lawyer Philippe Sands blends the artistry of Metropolitan Opera star Laurent Naouri and master pianist Emanuel Ax with narration by Sands and luminous German actress Katja Riemann.

Reflecting on the theme of global justice, East West Street explores issues of morality, art, and humanity against the backdrop of three men whose lives intertwined during the Nuremberg trials. How do two people at the extremes of good and evil find solace in the same aria? Through the power of words and the beauty of music by Bach, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and others, East West Street delivers a provocative exploration of heartache and hope.

Laurent Naouri, bass-baritone
Emanuel Ax, piano
Guillaume de Chassy, piano
Katja Riemann, narrator
Philippe Sands, narrator
Nina Brazier, director

This performance marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the Convention on the Prohibition of Genocide.

Music includes excerpts from

Maurice Ravel: L’enigme eternelle (1914)
Sergei Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34 (1919) …

A Note from the Artists

Nina Brazier with Philippe Sands

At a time when modern-day human rights and the protection of human dignity are once again under serious threat, …

Laurent Naouri

French bass-baritone Laurent Naouri made his Royal Opera debut in 2007 as Escamillo (Carmen) …

Emanuel Ax

Born in modern day Lvov, Poland, pianist Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family as a young boy …

Guillaume de Chassy

Having grown up listening to Schubert and Miles Davis, French pianist Guillaume de Chassy is a self-taught improviser and composer, immersed in both jazz and classical music …

Katja Riemann

German actress Katja Riemann was born and raised in Bremen, and studied acting and dance in Hamburg, Hanover, and Munich …

Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands is an international lawyer and a professor of law at University College London …

Nina Brazier

Having gained wide acclaim for her productions on the operatic stage, Nina Brazier has established herself as one of Britain's foremost young stage directors, …