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Opera “Gogol“ by Lera Auerbach - Premiere in Vienna

The world premiere of Lera Auerbach's new opera "Gogol" will take place at the Theater an der Wien on 15 November 2011. Vladimir Fedoseyev, who hails from St. Petersburg, will conduct the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir in the operatic production by Christine Mielitz.

The Russian-language opera “Gogol” is one of the most extensive projects on which the composer has worked during recent months. The composer herself wrote the libretto based on her play of the same name. The Ukrainian-born Cossack Nikolai Gogol, the 150th anniversary of whose day of death will be commemorated on 4 March 2012, is considered the father of modern Russian literature. He was an author with a rich and also ambivalent inner life who was capable of making recognisable the tragedy of human nature in a highly vivid form. His works are even more relevant today than during his lifetime.

Before she began work on this opera, Auerbach relates, she re-read the complete works of Gogol once again, but also over twenty books written about him. "I did not want to create an historic representation of Gogol's life for the opera, but a kind of dream vision of his inner passions, his madness and his ingeniousness. 'Gogol' is ultimately a Russian opera and Russian history is a nightmare-like tale out of which this country will perhaps never awaken."

Further performances in Vienna are planned for 18, 21, 24 and 26. November 2011.

15 November 2011
Theater an der Wien, Das neue Opernhaus, 7:30 PM
World premiere: Lera Auerbach
“Gogol“. Opera in three acts with a prologue and an epilog (in russischan language)
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Vladimir Fedoseyev (musical direction)
Christine Mielitz (operatic production)


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