The Librettists

EPSON DSC pictureScott Cairns
Lyricist

As Director of the Creative Writing Program and Center for the Literary Arts at the University of Missouri, Scott Cairns teaches modern and contemporary American literature and creative writing.

Scott holds a BA from Western Washington University, an MA from Hollins College, an MFA from Bowling Green State University, and a PhD from University of Utah.

His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Image, Spiritus, and Tiferet, and have been anthologized in Upholding Mystery (Oxford UP ’96), Best Spiritual Writing (Harper Collins ’98 and ’00), and Best American Spiritual Writing (Houghton Mifflin, β€˜04, ’05, and ’06).

He has received awards, such as John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006 and Best American Spiritual Writing in 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008.

This is the story of individuals and of a nation standing up to protect their countrymen and their way of life, a nation defending its people and its own moral integrity in the face of evil. Too often, fear leads us to be less than we should be, less than we are; in this case, a people’s faith in doing right overcame the fear of the powerful β€” and in their faithfulness they found greater power.

Scott Cairns, Lyricist

aryehAryeh Finklestein
Contributing Author

Israeli-born Aryeh Finklestein grew up in England where he sang with his father, Hazzan Zvi Finklestein, and younger brother Meir on BBC radio and television.

For the past twenty years, Aryeh has been cantor at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Over the years, he has established himself as a noted interpreter of liturgical compositions, as well as a published poet and reviewer, specializing in Victorian Literature and modern British and American Poetry.

As a Librettist, Aryeh Finklestein has collaborated with composer Charles Osborne on several full-length oratorios, two of which have been performed at the Lincoln Center in New York: Souls on Fire and Kings & Fishermen.

The history of Bulgarian Jewry and its rescue during World War II has, until quite recently, been an arcane one. To immerse oneself in the subject is to emerge both uplifted and inspired-and ultimately humbled.

Aryeh Finklestein, Contributing Author

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