As a part of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center and 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 Black Square, followed up by a panel discussion with artists and scholars.
Together with scenes from such Russian classics as Prince Igor, Eugene Onegin, War and Peace, and a 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, an assistant professor 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 ballet Hero of our times at Bolshoi, and 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 intellectual traditions of Russian avant-garde with fast-pacing style of an action thriller. Inspired by the 1913 opera Victory over the Sun and Lenin's era science-fiction writings, the opera explores reverberations of old prophecies, and universal themes of personal freedom and the price of conformity.
From Prince Igor to Black Square
Lyric Theatre @ Illinois.
Scenes from the Russian Operas
Prince Igor, War and Peace, Golden Cockerel, Eugene Onegin
Directed by Dawn Harris
Piano Larisa Chasanov, Alexander Munger
Black Square act 1 (abbreviated)
Idea by Igor Konyukhov
Composer Ilya Demutsky
Libretto by Olga Maslova and Igor Konyukhov
Directed by Olga Maslova
Two piano accompaniments: Julie Gunn, Michael Tilley
Panel discussion: Ilya Demutsky, composer, St Petersburg; Igor Konyukhov, artistic director of New Opera NYC, New York, Olga Maslova, assistant professor, Department of Theatre, UIUC; Lilya Kaganovsky, professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures and Comparative & World Literature, UIUC; moderated by Katherine Syer, associate professor, Department of Theatre, UIUC.
This performance is supported by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center
For more information, please see https://krannertcenter.com/events/lyric-theatre-illinois-scenes-prince-igor-black-square
Part of a series of events in the 2017-2018 academic year in connection with the "1917: Ten Days that shook the world / 2017: Ten Days that shake the campus" initative