Antiformalist Rayok
opera by D. Shostakovich
  • Dmitry Otyakovsky
    stage director
    The opera Antiformalist Rayok is Shostakovich's only major work written to his own text. Created in 1948 as a reaction to an article entitled Сonfusion instead of Music, the opera was never performed during the composer's lifetime. This is not surprising, considering that the object of Shostakovich's satire was the Leader of the Peoples himself — Joseph Stalin.

    Choosing this particular opera as my graduation work, I presented my own interpretation of Antiformalist Rayok at the Day of Russian Music festival in St. Petersburg. The open-air format and the set design by Yulia Goltsova made it possible to stylize the performance as a propaganda meeting in a Soviet culture and leisure park. A kind of intervention in the author's idea was the performance of the Caucasian dance group, which complemented the musical references to the Georgian song Suliko.
Moderator — Anton Andreev
Edinitsyn-Dvoykin-Troykin — Alexander Podmeshalsky
Show-group "Gortsy"
The chamber ensemble of the Youth Choir Soglasie

Choirmaster — Pavel Teplov
Concertmaster — Alexander Rubinov
Choreographer — Julia Zaykova
Assistant Directors — Ksenia Feliauer and Anton Kuznetsov
Stage Director — Dmitry Otyakovsky

The premiere took place on August 28, 2016 at the Russian Music Day festival
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