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Arts Calendar / May 16 / Opera
19:00 The Telephone. The Medium
Operas by Gian Carlo Menotti. Run with one interval. Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti. Conductor of the premiere: Alexei Vereshchagin. Stage Director: Alexander Molochnikov. Sung in English with Russian surtitles. The two operas – The Medium and The Telephone – will be performed in one night, exactly as composer wished. But we wanted to go further and unite them into one piece with a common plot and characters, and at the same time to dramatize the cheerful Telephone, making it any closer to The Medium. In our performance there are cross-cutting characters, whose parts are performed by the same artists. Two main heroes of the Telephone – a girl, and a boy, trying to break through phone calls and to confess his love to her, – they are complicit in a fake spiritual séance. The girl turns out to be Madame Flora’s daughter, and her admirer is none other than mute boy Toby. We have divided his role for a dramatic actor and a singer: first, Toby without uttering a sound declares his love by means of … a cyborg (The Telephone), and during the spiritual session he provides technical support (The Medium). Also our operas share a common space – we called it the Temple of Hope. Madame Flora receives clients here, while her daughter conducts seances remotely. To make the story more authentic, we replace the action from the XX century to our days. We would like to involve the entire audience in this story, Alexander Molochnikov says.
Boris Pokrovsky Chamber Stage 
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