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Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: The Stigmatized

Here’s our quick and humorous overview of Franz Schreker’s suppressed 1918 opera The Stigmatized (Die Gezeichneten) which is this week’s LA Opera performance airing on Classical 91.7 Saturday at noon.


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In this week’s Opera Cheat Sheet, Classical 91.7’s program director St.John Flynn and opera expert Eric Skelly discuss Franz Schreker’s 1918 The Stigmatized (in German Die Gezeichneten), a work suppressed by the Nazis as “degenerate.”  Set in sixteenth-century Genoa, it’s the sad story of the hunchback Alviano Salvago who, having renounced the love of women, turns the island he owns into a haven of beauty only to see it defiled by the decadence of his fellow Genoans and his heart crushed by their ultimate rejection of him.  You can hear the LA Opera’s performance of The Stigmatized Saturday at noon on Classical 91.7 and online at