East West Street:

A Song of Good and Evil

East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil

23 FEBRUARY 2018, 8pm


East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil is an acclaimed piece inspired by human rights lawyer Philippe Sands' prize-winning book East West Street, which explores the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Focussing on the remarkable, connected stories of his grandfather and three key individuals in the Nuremberg Trials - Cambridge academic Hersch Lauterpacht, Polish prosecutor Raphael Lemkin, and Hitler's lawyer Hans Frank - the performance is based on the words, images and music that connected the men, from Bach and Beethoven, to Rachmaninov and Leonard Cohen.

This extraordinary work is narrated by Sands and award-winning German actress Katja Riemann, accompanied by leading bass-baritone Laurent Naouri and renowned jazz pianist Guillaume de Chassy and is directed by one of Britain's leading young directors of opera, Nina Brazier.

East West Street - A Song of Good and Evil is directed by Nina Brazier, written by Philippe Sands and performed by Katja Riemann, Philippe Sands, Laurent Naouri and Guillaume de Chassy.

Recent article: 'East West Street: Singing a Song of Good and Evil', Limelight Magazine 















Philippe Sands is an international lawyer and a professor of law at University College London. He is the author of the award-winning book East West Street,  Lawless World and Torture Team and is a frequent commentator on CNN and the BBC World Service. Sands lectures around the world and has taught at New York University and been a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, the University of Melbourne, and the Université de Paris I (Sorbonne). In 2003 he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel. He lives in London, England.

Vanity Fair: 5 Questions for Philippe Sands Ahead of His Nazi-Era Saga East West Street
ABC Radio - East West Street
The Guardian: East West Street by Philippe Sands review – putting genocide into words


German actress Katja Riemann was born and raised in Bremen, and studied acting and dance in Hamburg, Hannover and Munich.  Following her early theatre engagements at the Munich Kammerspiele and the Schiller Theatre in Berlin, she went on to perform roles in film and television both in Germany and internationally.  Since then she has been nominated for the prestigious Lola Award four times and been awarded it three times, has received the Bayerische Filmpreis on multiple occasions, the Bambi and the Goldene Kamera both twice, and has also been awarded the Adolf-Grimme and the Ernst Lubitsch Prizes.  For her principal role in Rosenstrasse directed by Margarethe von Trotta, she received the Coppa Volpi for best actress at the Venice Film Festival.  Alongside her lead role in Bandits, Katja co-wrote the film's soundtrack that became a bestseller and received a Goldene Schallplatte.


French bass-baritone Laurent Naouri made his Royal Opera debut in 2007 as Escamillo (Carmen). Naouri trained at Centre national d’insertion professionnelle d’artistes lyriques, Marseille, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. His broad repertory includes around forty roles, from early Baroque to contemporary opera. Notable engagements include the four villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) in Paris, Madrid, Orange, Zürich, Milan, Barcelona, Munich and for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande) in Paris, Glasgow, Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Berlin, Madrid and Barcelona, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) in Aix-en-Provence and Tokyo, Falstaff in Lyon, Santa Fe and for Glyndebourne Festival, Pandolfe (Cendrillon) in Barcelona, Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) for the Metropolitan Opera, Germont (La traviata) in Santa Fe, Tokyo and Dallas and Méphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust) in Lyon. Further engagements include Ruprecht (The Fiery Angel) and Mamm’Agata (Viva la mamma) in Lyon, Capulet (Roméo et Juliette) for the Metropolitan Opera and creating the title role in Francesconi’s Trompe-la-Mort for Paris Opéra.


French pianist, improviser & composer Having grown up listening to Schubert and Miles Davis, de Chassy is a self-taught improviser and composer, immersed in both Jazz and classical music. He has created a unique poetic musical identity that defies classification. de Chassy has played and recorded all over the world with some of the finest jazz musicians including Paul Motian, Mark Murphy, Andy Sheppard, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu. In contrast, he has collaborated with top French classical musicians including: pianist Brigitte Engerer, Opera singer Laurent Naouri and choir director Joel Suhubiette (for whom he composed a Jazz Cantata), and he recently wrote and recorded his first Piano Concerto. Guillaume de Chassy has also worked closely with british actress Kristin Scott Thomas, French filmmaker Antoine Carlier and with Spanish flamenco dancer Ana Yerno.


Having gained wide acclaim for her productions on the operatic stage, Nina Brazier has established herself as one of Britain's foremost young stage directors with The Observer describing her as "One of Britain’s leading young directors of opera.” Her Ryedale Festival Production of The Magic Flute, and Spilt Milk & Trouble in Tahiti at the Arcola Theatre were both Time Out Critic's Choice. Other recent performances include The Winter's Tale with The Hermes Experiment developed at Aldeburgh Music and performed at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, the world premiere of Shahrazad at Leighton House Museum, the critically acclaimed La Finta Giardiniera for Ryedale Festival Opera and an international tour of East West Street: A Song of Good & Evil. Upcoming work includes the world premiere of Swan’s Inlet at the Center of Contemporary Opera in New York, and new writing world premiere Bad Information in Amsterdam.

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From left to right: From left to right: The Polish passport photograph of Leon Buccholz, 1923; Hersch Lauterpacht at home in Cambridge, England, 1946; and Hans Frank in his military uniform.

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