Panel Discussion

The opera and drama: plot and its interpretation in a modern musical theater

10:30 — 11:30
General Staff Building, Atrium 6/8 Palace sq., St. Petersburg

Previously the creation of the elite, opera as a genre became accessible to popular masses in the 17th century. Surviving a few revolutions, the genre reached us in the present day. But so far we have little understanding of what "modern opera" is. The discussion entitled "Opera and Drama: The Plot and Its Interpretation in the Contemporary Music Theatre" will help form a more holistic understanding of what music theatre is, define the specific features of the contemporary Russian opera and break the stereotype of the opera as an "expensive form of art". 

The following issues will be discussed: the plot — is it a foundation or a kind of justification? — history, time and its modification in the creative process of the director; — the plot and the words; the problem of translating the opera libretto; design elements of the show as parts of the plot (video content and video installations); — is music more important than the plot? — the plot as a trend; the plot and the genre of the modern music theatre.

Access to the event for participants of the Professional Flow is by badge, for participants of the Public Flow — by printed e-ticket.