international digital opera lab
spreading ideas about the opera of tomorrow
about
we are studying the synthesis of new technologies with musical theater and fantasize about what the opera of tomorrow can be
team
dmitry otyakovsky
curator
oganes ayrapetyan
set designer screenlife-artist
yegor pshenichny
set designer, AR-artist
olga kovalenko
set designer, costume designer
tanyamist
media artist
lef vasiliev
software developer, instagram stories-artist
rustam sagdiev
composer
evgeny voytenko
composer
georgy fyodorov
composer
lev dunaev
conductor
filipp selivanov
conductor
marina nikolya
accompanist
digital opera? seriously? online theater is complete nonsense
I would rather call our projects as opera content. we do not convert performances from the stage into a web space, but create productions originally intended for online premieres
what about acoustics? a live orchestra? the effect of presence after all?
but after all, there have already been precedents in history of creating an opera specifically for the screen (although then it was called a film opera). the productions of Zefirelli, Tikhomirov, Bergman are considered classic masterpieces, and if you need an example of a combination with modern directing, there is a very interesting film Juan (2010) by Kasper Holten
ok. but if all opera houses go online, then...
no one is talking about replacing the classical theater with digital opera, we only offer a new form of opera as a bonus to the existing ones (a performance at the theater, a concert at the philharmonic hall, a video broadcast on social networks, etc.)
isn't it all just out of desperation during a lockdown?
not quite. the trigger for the development was certainly the lockdown, during which all theaters were closed and opera festivals were canceled, but having learned how to create premieres in such extreme conditions, we decided to continue the development of digital opera even when theaters opened
it is interesting. but in general, does someone need it?
our premieres Feast during the Plague and The Miserly Knight were watched by 250,000 people, we have had positive reviews in the leading Russian media and our debut project received the Russian national opera award Onegin in the nomination Best online project
you convinced me :) where can I read more about your digital operas?
by clicking on the title below :) also you can subscribe to the news of the international digital opera laboratory here
our projects
and plans
November 2019
November 2019
A symphonic tale by Rustam Sagdiyev as a performative screenlife performance. The premiere took place at the Hermitage Theater.
November 2019
November 2019
Evgeny Voitenko's opera based on a libretto generated by a neural network GPT-2. The main role was performed by Google Translator app. The premiere took place at the Hermitage Theater.
May 2020
May 2020
An screenlife opera, shot during the first COVID-19 lockdown. Soloists from Germany, France, Italy and Russia participated. The premiere took place online with the support of VK.
August 2020
August 2020
Let's play opera by Sergei Rachmaninov in the world of the multiplayer online role-playing game Sphere. The main role was performed by the legendary baritone Sergey Leiferkus. The premiere took place online with the support of VK.
September 2020
September 2020
The world's first opera created specifically for the premiere as an augmented reality app. The premiere took place in Saint-Petersburg.
September 2020
September 2020
A performative mediapromenade created with the support of the Danish Institute of Culture in St. Petersburg and an AR application that allows you to visualize psychoacoustic anomalies.
September 2021
September 2021
Drama per musica by Rustam Sagdiyev in three acts and eight interrogations. The premiere took place on the social networks of the Musical and Plastic Theater.
what comes next?
December
2021
December
2021
The Masks
A satirical opera web series by Georgy Fyodorov, telling about love, friendship and betrayal during the epidemic of the unknown disease.
TBA
TBA
The Stone Guest
Deepfake-opera by Alexander Dargomyzhsky will offer to imagine how Don Giovanni would act if he got access to Tinder.
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