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Review: World Premiere of Raskatov’s “Hundeherz”

The world premiere of Alexander Raskatov's "Hundeherz" (A Dog's Heart) took place on 7 June 2010 at the Dutch Opera in Amsterdam.

The world premiere in the production by Simon McBurney and under the musical direction of Martyn Brabbins was a triumphant success. The audience expressed its gratitude to the performers with an ovation lasting several minutes. The first class ensemble of singers, especially Sergei Leiferkus in the role of Professor Preobrazhensky, knew how to arouse the enthusiasm of the audience. There was no lack of satirical realism in the intelligently witty direction of Simon McBurney.

Alexander Raskatov brought off a great success with his first opera “Hundeherz.” The music, emanating lightness and spirit, was in exact correspondence to the grotesque libretto by Cesare Mazzoni. The strong accentuations in the winds and percussion, the thrilling tempi and tastefully inserted quotations from Soviet propaganda music showed that the composer, with his “Hundeherz,” continues a line of tradition starting with Dmitri Shostakovich’s “The Nose” and including Alfred Schnittke’s “Life with an Idiot.”

» First impressions (video) of the performance do you find here


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