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Arts Calendar / April 30 / Opera
19:00 The Idiot
Mieczysław Weinberg's opera in four acts. Score adaptation by Philippe Adam. Libretto by Alexander Medvedev based on the novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Music Director: Michał Klauza. Stage Director: Evgeny Arye. Set Designer: Simon Pastukh. Costume Designer: Galina Solovyova. Sung in Russian with English surtitles. Throughout the XX century Dostoevsky's philosophical and expressive prose - namely his major novel The Idiot - aroused keen interest among composers. Taking Dostoyevsky's novel as its starting point, Mieczysław Weinberg made Prince Myshkin the protagonist of his opera. We can assume that a naive, compassionate Prince is preaching the composerís own ideals. The libretto was created in collaboration with the musicologist Alexander Medvedev, a permanent librettist and a close friend of the composer. It is a substantial work, over three hours of music (208 minutes), for sure, such huge amount is above the strength of contemporary audience. So, the piece was turned into a cohesive story suited for the stage.
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