The Russian army has been targeting the port city of Odessa for two weeks. The remaining residents are preparing for the worst. But in the midst of the suffering, the choir and the orchestra of the traditional Odessa opera house have delighted the residents with a concert in front of the city walls – despite all the bombs and gunshots.
The Ukrainian anthem was followed by meaningful operatic material: the famous prisoner’s chorus from Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco, commonly referred to as the freedom chorus; after all, it is about the Jewish people longing for freedom from Babylonian captivity. The chorus of the Hebrew captives lament their distant homeland and call on God for help. To this day it is the most famous of all Verdi choirs. Odessa residents are guaranteed to never forget this performance.
The current Odessa Opera House opened in 1887. It is the city crown of Odessa and is one of the symbols of the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa.
Meanwhile, the Russian army is slowly approaching. The metropolis on the Black Sea is of enormous military and economic importance for Ukraine. Moscow knows that too. The city also has a Jewish community, and there the horror is great: Before the war, 5,000 Jews lived in Odessa, now there are said to be around 500. Most fled to Germany. There are numerous Jewish shops and restaurants in Odessa, and nobody knows of any experiences with anti-Semitism. Meanwhile, Putin wants to further denazify the country. . .