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Alexander Raskatov’s “A Dog's Heart” Receives French Premiere

Alexander Raskatov has truly had a great success with his first opera “A Dog’s Heart”. His music, emanating lightness and esprit, perfectly corresponds to the grotesque quality of the libretto by Cesare Mazzoni based on Bulgakov's novel. The strong accentuations in the winds and percussion, the thrilling tempi and moderately inserted quotations from Soviet propaganda music show that the composer has continued, with “A Dog's Heart”, a line of tradition extending from Dmitri Shostakovich’s “The Nose” via Alfred Schnittke’s “Life with an Idiot”.

The work will receive its French premiere on 20 January 2014 in the production presented at the world premiere in Amsterdam at the Opéra de Lyon under the direction of Martyn Brabbins.

The opera was given its Italian premiere on 16 March 2013 at the richly traditional theatre “La Scala” in Milan. The opera staged by Simon McBurney was conducted by Martyn Brabbins. There is no let-up in interest in Raskatov's opera, premiered in 2010 in Amsterdam.

Further performances at the Opéra de Lyon will be given on 22, 24, 26, 29 and 30 January 2014.

20 January 2014
Opéra de Lyon, 8 PM
French premiere: Alexander Raskatov
“A Dog’s Heart“. Opera in 2 acts (16 Scenes) and an epilogue (Russian Version)
after Mikhail Bulgakov’s like-named tale
Simon McBurney (stage direction)
Martyn Brabbins (musical direction)

Copyright of the photo: Opéra de Lyon


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