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From Prince Igor to the Black Square

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REEEC; Department of Theatre; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; School of Music; School of Art + Design; Center for Advanced Study; Center for African Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; College of Fine and Applied Arts; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Program in Comparative and World Literature; Department of French and Italian; Department of History; European Union Center; Illinois International Programs; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; International and Area Studies Library; Krannert Art Museum; Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies; MillerComm; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; University Library; Women's Resource Center; Program in Jewish Culture and Society; Sesquicentennial Committee
Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801)
Dec 13, 2017   7:30 pm  
Free and open to the public.
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Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Co-sponsored Events

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.


Free Admission


This performance is supported by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center


For more information, please see


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

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