The American premiere of “Lost Childhood,” a concert opera based on the award-winning memoir of Dr. Yehuda Nir, will be performed by the National Philharmonic on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md.
Dr. Nir, who has a house in Springs, is a Holocaust survivor whose father was killed by German soldiers in 1941. His memoir details his survival, along with his mother and sister, and their return to Poland in 1945.
The opera moves from Poland in 1939 to New York City in 1993 and a meeting between a postwar German and a Jewish Holocaust survivor, both psychiatrists and each deeply troubled by his own lost childhood. Tickets to the one-night-only performance range in price from $28 to $84, but children age 7 to 17 will be admitted free.