Sophie’s Choice

Author(s): Nicholas Maw
Based on the novel by William Styron, the opera tells the story of Sophie Zawistowski, a beautiful Polish immigrant now living in the U.S., who, in Auschwitz, was forced to choose between her son and her daughter’s survival. But this is not the only choice she has to make. Having survived the camp, she now has two lovers: Stingo and Nathan. Stingo wants a family with her. Nathan, her schizophrenic boyfriend, asks her to marry him. Sophie is forced once again to decide, but memories of her past choices haunt her, and she takes her final option, suicide.
Format: Opera

Snapshot

Original or Prominent Production:
2002, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.
Original Source Material: The novel Sophie’s Choice by William Styron.
Nationality of Author: English
Original Language: English
Publisher:

BBC and the Royal Opera House

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