Die Blume von Hawaii – Otherness, migration, and musical theater
Cooperation between the University of Salzburg and the Lehár Festival Bad Ischl.
Die Blume von Hawaii is a central work of popular musical theater and enjoys a large number of performances in the German-speaking world to this day. Its composer Paul Abraham and the librettists Alfred Grünwald, Imre Földes and Fritz Löhner-Beda (all born in former Austro-Hungarian Empire) were persecuted by the National Socialist regime after 1938 – they had to emigrate or died in a concentration camp.
The international symposium on July 27, 2018, will deal for the first time with the negotiation of otherness and migration in Die Blume von Hawaii, and in its performance history – the cause is the new production of the Lehár Festival Bad Ischl 2018, in which a particular focus will be laid on the personal migration story and the persecution of the composer Paul Abraham.