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The long-awaited return of Mechislav Weinberg


17/02/2017


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MOSCOW. Premieres of the operas of Mechislav Weinberg and the opening of the International Forum.

Stravinsky, announced by the main composer of 2017, will have to squeeze a bit on the symbolic pedestal of honor. Theaters, as if recollecting, one by one, offer performances of Mechislav Weinberg’s operas not only in Russia, but also abroad. «Passenger» in the capital’s New Opera and Yekaterinburg Opera, «Idiot» in the Bolshoi. On February 16, the International Forum of Mieczyslaw Weinberg was opened in Moscow, which will make a tangible contribution to the popularization of the works of the outstanding composer. Within the framework of the forum creative meetings, round tables, press conferences, exhibitions, concerts and performances will take place.

For a long time, operas, symphonies, quartets, chamber works of the composer remained in the shadows. Too complex and tragic, according to officials from the arts, was his music. And the months spent in custody did not contribute to the successful development of his career. In the course of the «Doctors Pests» case, the uncle of his first wife Natalya, Miron Semyonovich Vovsi, was arrested. Her father, the famous actor and director Solomon Mikhoels in 1948, was the victim of a political assassination. The accessories to such a family in the years of unbridled anti-Semitic company were enough to be in prison. From the true death of Weinberg, only Stalin’s death and the courageous intercession of Dmitry Shostakovich saved.

For many, Weinberg remained for a long time only the creator of amazing music for artistic, documentary and animated films. It is enough to mention at least «Cranes are flying» and «Winnie the Pooh». Finally, it’s time for his classical heritage. Within the framework of the forum, two versions of the opera about the prisoners of Auschwitz «Passenger», which Shostakovich considered a true masterpiece, will be shown. In the Ekaterinburg opera her premiere took place in September last year. In the New Opera, most recently - in late January. Fresh premiere of the Bolshoi, «Idiot», - the production of the famous Israeli director Eugene Arye.


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