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.
November 2020
November 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.
September 2021
September 2021
An anime version of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera with Japanese recitatives. The premiere took place at the Moscow International House of Music with the support of the Japanese Embassy in Russia.
February
2022
February
2022
A satirical opera web series by Georgy Fyodorov, telling about love, friendship and betrayal during the epidemic of the unknown disease.
August
2022
August
2022
A multi-screen multimedia installation based on the play by Daniil Kharms to music by Rustam Sagdiyev. The premiere took place at the Anna Akhmatova Museum in the Fountain House as a part of the Night of Museums. Polyphony. festival.
what comes next?
The Stone Guest
Deepfake-opera by Alexander Dargomyzhsky will offer to imagine how Don Giovanni would act if he got access to Tinder.
International Digital Opera Festival
The first festival that brings together digital opera authors from all over the world. An educational program, premieres of new projects and a platform for international collaboration between digital artists.
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