The Comedy of the City of Petersburg
endless opera by R. Sagdiev
  • Dmitry Otyakovsky
    stage director
    The Comedy of the City of Petersburg based on the play of the same name by Daniil Kharms is an experiment at the intersection of digital opera and a performative museum exhibition. Eight multimedia portraits lead an absurd discussion based on the ambiguity of the scene, the blurring of time, the conventionality of cause and effect, the paradoxical flow of dialogues and a sense of constant anticipation.

    Peter the Great, the Komsomol member Vertunov, the Sausage-like Man, and other Comedy characters find it perfectly ordinary to be neighbors with each other outside of time and space and even enter into a dialogue with the audience. Composer Rustam Sagdiyev has created an intricate score whose end flows seamlessly into its beginning, creating a genre of endless opera, capable of uninterrupted replay throughout the day, week and even month.
Peter I — Yury Zaryadnov
Nicholas II — Vadim Yakimov
Maria — Lyubov Raysakaya
Katenka — Anastasia Vyazovskaya
Shchepkin — Rustam Sagdiev
Vertunov — Maxim Gribkov
Famusov — Dmitry Grigoriev
Obernibesov — Artem Kamalitdinov
Officers — Valeria Nelyubina, Maria Zhuravlyova, Irina Gaudasinskaya

Composer and music director — Rustam Sagdiev
The author of the libretto — Daniil Kharms
Concertmaster — Marina Nicolas
Stage director — Dmitry Otyakovsky

The premiere took place on August 27 at the Akhmatova Museum in the Fountain House as part of the Night of Museums. Polyphony festival

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