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Octavia. Trepanation

by Dmitri Kourliandski

Introduction 16:50


The opera‘s music is based on the opening phrases of the revolutionary song «Varshavyanka» but stratches them out in time almost 100 times. The temporal transformation of the song reveals various harmonic and melodic metamorphoses that become «nutritional material» for the chorus, soloists and live electronic music. Thus arises a hermetic, self-referential construction that feeds on itself.

Dmitri Kourliandski


released October 18, 2019

Nero (tenor): Sergei Malinin
Seneca (baritone): Alexei Kokhanov
Ghost of Agrippina (mezzo-soprano): Arina Zvereva
Prefect (bass): Vasily Korostylyov
Trotsky (actor): Yury Duvanov

Octavia (octet): Questa Musica Ensemble

Maria Grilikhes
Nadiya Zelyankova
Lyudmila Yeryutina
Anna Shaverdyan
Darya Belousova
Yekaterina Dondukova
Yekaterina Kolomina
Svetlana Barakovskaya

Terracotta Army (chorus): 79 performers
Choirmaster of the Terracotta Army: Dmitry Matvienko

Sound artist: Oleg Makarov

Based on the tragedy Octavia by Seneca and Lev Trotsky`s essay about Vladimir Lenin

Conceived and developed by: Boris Yukhananov and Sergei Adonyev
Composed by: Dmitri Kourliandski
Libretto by: Boris Yukhananov and Dmitri Kourliandski
English translation by: John Freedman
Directed by: Boris Yukhananov
Set design by: Stepan Lukyanov
Costume design by: Anastasia Nefyodova
Lighting design by: Sergei Vasilyev
Choreography by: Andrei Kuznetsov-Vecheslov
Recorded by: Alexander Mikhlin, 2017
Mixed, mastered by: Alexander Mikhlin
Cover photo by: Andrey Bezukladnikov
Photography by: Andrey Bezukladnikov, Holland Festival, Amsterdam, 2017


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