NOv 28-30, 2018
@ Novaya Tretyakov Gallery Krymsky Val, 10
Opera BLACK SQUARE will be presented in a semi-staged production at the new building of the Tretyakov Gallery.
The cast features most promising young singers of Moscow. At the piano Katya Skanavi and Vladimir Ivanov-Rakievsky.
All performances will be conducted by the composer Ilya Demutsky.
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Dec 13, 2017 7:30 pm
From Prince Igor to the Black Square
Tryon Festival Theatre,
Krannert Center for the Performing Art
(500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801)
Free and open to the public
As part of the university-wide symposium 10 days that shook the world, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois will showcase a performance of Russian opera scenes From Prince Igor to the Red Black Square, followed by a panel discussion with artists and scholars.
Together with scenes from such Russian classics as Prince Igor, Eugene Onegin, and several others, Lyric Theatre is proud to present the workshop of the first act of a new opera Black Square.
Black Square’s libretto was written by Olga Maslova (Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Igor Konyukhov, a founder and the artistic director of New Opera NYC. Music is by the Russian composer Ilya Demutsky. At only 34, Ilya is a rising star of contemporary composition. He is a winner of the Golden Mask, the highest honor in Russian theatre, which he received for the ballet Hero of our times at Bolshoi, and is a recipient of the Composer of the Year award (European Oscar) for the Cannes award winning film The Student. Ilya will be coming right after the opening night of his ballet Nureyev at Bolshoi Theater in Moscow
The futuristic plot of the Black Square tells a tragicomic love story of a couple swept by the revolution and caught in the societal metamorphosis. It mixes the intellectual traditions of the Russian avant-garde with the fast-paced style of an action thriller. Inspired by the 1913 opera Victory over the Sun and Lenin-era science fiction writings, the opera explores the reverberations of old prophecies, and the universal themes of personal freedom and the price of conformity.