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Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Opera “The Idiot” in St. Petersburg


At this year‘s White Nights festival in St. Petersburg the Russian premiere of Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera “The Idiot” will be given on 6 July 2016 at the Mariinsky Theatre. The performers are Soloists of the Mariinsky Opera Company and Academy of Young Opera Singers as well the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under the musical direction of Thomas Sanderling.

There will be further performances of “The Idiot” at the Mariinsky Theatre on 9 July, 28 July and 30 September 2016 (each at 7 PM) with the same interpreters.

The story of “The Idiot”:

The young Prince Myshkin, who suffers from epilepsy, returns utterly destitute to St. Petersburg after a several years’ stay in a Swiss sanatorium. He immediately finds himself involved in a network of intrigues surrounding the dark-eyed beauty Nastassia. His love for her forces the decent Myshkin into an uneasy relationship with his impulsive rival Parfion Rogoshin, a rich merchant’s son. Nastassia is fascinated by the profound folly of the Prince, who has meanwhile become a millionaire through a sudden inheritance. Rogoshin’s attempt to do away with his adversary fails because Myshkin suffers an epileptic seizure during the attempted murder. Myshkin’s reaction to the profound affection of the proud and unspoilt Aglaia, the youngest daughter of the Epanchins, with whom he is distantly related, reveals his tragic inability to become truly committed. Nastassia gives her apparently irrevocable consent to the worried Prince in Pavlovsk, but flees a few minutes before the wedding with Rogoshin to St. Petersburg. In a tantrum of raging jealousy, Rogoshin stabs Nastassia to death and spends hours of devotion next to the murdered woman. After desperate searching, Myshkin finds the scene of the horrible crime. Forgetting himself, he strokes the head of Rogoshin, who is sunk in painful paralysis.

6 July 2016
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky Theatre, Concert Hall, 7 PM
Russian premiere: Mieczysław Weinberg
“The Idiot”. Opera in four acts after the novel of same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Philippe Adam (arranger)
Alexander Medvedev (libretto)
Soloists of the Mariinsky Opera Company and Academy of Young Opera Singers
Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
Thomas Sanderling (direction)


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