On July 20th, 1944 a bomb went off in Hitler’s military conference room, wounding him and killing four others. It was the culmination of a series of failed attempts on Hitler’s life.
Our opera concentrates on the most interesting of the July 20th conspirators: Adam von Trott. On the surface he was a person of many contradictions – an aristocratic populist, a libertarian socialist, a nationalistic internationalist, a passionate anti-Nazi patriot. At a deeper level he embodied hopes that barely survive today – for a world in which nations, peoples and individuals respect each other.
Hitler’s murderous regime made things difficult for opposition groups. One by one, organisations were rounded up for imprisonment and/or murder: communists, socialists, free-masons and Christian activists.
Our opera ‘July 20th 1944’ is an attempt to encompass the story of von Trott and his times, seeking to place the story in its wider human setting and in its relevance for today.
Two scenes from the opera have been performed in the CLF Arts Cafe, Bussey Building, Peckham Rye, London. Scene 4 is a final meeting of friends and conspirators before the attempt on Hitler’s life. (CAST: Inge – Isolde Roxby; Rosa – Fiona Hymns; Helmut – James Way; Adam von Trott – Alexander Jones; Kaspar – Mat Palmer.)