The Adventures of Robin Hood

Friday, April 8, 2022 - 7:00pm

The University of Chicago’s and Folks Operetta’s Korngold Rediscovered festival celebrates the life and music of one of the 20th century’s most successful yet underrecognized composers, Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Taking place in April 2022, Korngold Rediscovered will offer a new glimpse into this significant composer through concerts, lectures, a film screening, a workshopped theater production reading, a scholarly symposium, and the North American premiere of Korngold’s last opera, in the 125th anniversary year of his birth. 

The 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood provides a remarkable complement for the performances of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s 1937 opera, Die Kathrin, the American premiere of which is the centerpiece of the Korngold Festival. This film was the first to realize the full dimensions of the epic movie that Hollywood films would in many ways define. The all-star cast — Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains — appear larger than life in rare technicolor, moving through the sonic landscape of Korngold’s richly orchestrated composition. In fact, he received the 1938 Academy Award for the best dramatic score in a film. For Korngold, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Die Kathrin together symbolized the passage from the impending crisis in Vienna to that of the New World. 35mm print courtesy of the George Eastman Museum and lent by an anonymous collector.

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Korngold Rediscovered is a collaboration between Folks Operetta, UChicago Presents, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the University of Chicago Division of the Humanities, and the University of Chicago Department of Cinema and Media Studies.