The opera in three acts From a house of the dead (Z mrtvého domu in Czech) by Leoš Janáček is staged at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro dell'Opera conducted by Dmitry Matvienko. Based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel Memoirs from the House of the Dead (1862), the opera premiered posthumously at the Brno National Theater in 1930.
The work, written between 1927 and 1928, the year of Janáček's death, is a visionary story set in the "house of the dead" - a term by which the Siberian labor camp is called by those detained inside it - in which Dostoevsky draws on memories of his four years of detention in a prison camp. Leoš Janáček managed to create the music and libretto of a unique work in the history of musical theatre: the peculiarity of the story is in fact the development of a story without heroes, without a precise plot that revolves around a conflict and its subsequent resolution. Against the backdrop of the boring and exhausting routine of camp life, Janáček allows individual prisoners and their stories to emerge from the multitude. This is how their personal journeys are narrated, marked by humiliation and abuse. The composer's extraordinary musical language paints a stark picture of the brutality of life in the camp, but also, at times, glimpses of shared hope and solidarity.
Three-year project in collaboration with the Royal Opera House of London
New staging of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in co-production with Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London, Théâtre de La Monnaie, Brussels, Opéra national de Lyon.
Photo: Pascal Charbonneau (Aljeja), Willard White (Alexandr Petrovic Gorjancikov), credit ROH, ph Clive Barda
Dal 23 al 30 maggio 2023
Martedì 23 maggio ore 20.00
in diretta su Radio3
Lo spettacolo è ripreso da Rai Cultura e trasmesso su Rai5 il 16 novembre 2023 alle 21.15
Giovedì 25 maggio ore 20.00
Sabato 27 maggio ore 18.00
Domenica 28 maggio ore 16.30
Martedì 30 maggio ore 20.00
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