Gogol Teaser

For Jane's History of Opera class we are going to be giving presentations on operas which we've seen and researched. She has a list, mostly of later nineteenth and twentieth century compositions, from which I've chosen Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District. I'm really excited to finally get to know these monstrously important pieces of music which I've never had the time to look at. More on those later.

We were told that if an opera which did not appear on the list caught our passion that we could do it. I can't remember where I read this, but Lera Auerbach, the composer of an excellent set of preludes, has written an opera which has just been premiered. It's based on the life and creative world of Russian poet Nikolai Gogol. Since it has just come out, I doubt a DVD is readily available through the library, but we do have two very interesting teaser clips. It looks very psychedelic, maybe a bit like The Nose (which I also haven't seen), stark, bizarre. I've read some Gogol, and heard that his life was very unfulfilled and unfulfilling. I shall have to track it down some day, but in the meantime check out these clips.

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