Raskatov’s successfully opera “A Dog’s Heart” resumed at the DNO Amsterdam
Alexander Raskatov’s opera “A Dog’s Heart” will be resumed on 22 April 2017 at the ‘De Nationale Opera’ (DNO – formerly: Nederlandse Opera) in Amsterdam. Six more performances are scheduled till 5 May 2017. The performers are the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the choir of the opera house under the musical direction of Martyn Brabbins. The stage director and choreographer is Simon McBurney.
The world premiere of “A Dog’s Heart”, based on a novella by Mikhail Bulgakov, was given on 7 June 2010 in Amsterdam. The performers at the ‘De Nationale Opera’ were the choir of the DNO and the Radio Kamer Filharmonie Hilversum under the direction of Martyn Brabbins. “A Dog’s Heart” is a commissioned work by the ‚De Nationale Opera’ (2010).
The content of the opera:
Moscow – Winter 1924/25: The surgeon, Professor Filipp Filippovich Preobrashensky, who specialises in rejuvenation operations, and his assistant, Doctor Ivan Arnoldovich Bormental, transplant the pituitary gland and testicles of a recently deceased petty criminal and alcoholic into the stray dog Sharik in an experiment. The dog survives the operation and assumes more and more human traits each day. A little later it becomes clear that he has only inherited the negative character traits of his “donor.” He is aggressive, impolite, has bad manners and a tendency to abuse alcohol. Sharikov, as he now calls himself, accepts a post as Director of the Sub-Department for the Purification of the City of Moscow from Stray Animals at the Municipal Sanitation of the Moscow Communal Economy. He socialises more and more with communists who try to turn him against his “creator” Professor Filipp Filippovich Preobrashensky, who thinks differently politically. But Sharikov becomes more and more uncontrollable, so that the Professor decides to transform him back into the dog Sharik with the help of a new operation.