Der Schmied von Gent is the last opera by the Austrian composer Franz Schreker. Schreker, who in the 1910s and early ‘twenties’ was one of the most frequently performed opera composers in the German-speaking part of Europe, had to stand by and watch as the emerging Nazism increasingly boycotted his music. Indeed, Der Schmied von Gent soon disappeared from the bill following its premiere in Berlin in 1932. Opera Ballet Vlaanderen turns the spotlight on this forgotten opera, the story of which starts on Ajuinlei in Ghent.

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